Field Notes Volume 3 | Number 1 June 1st, 2015
Laying an Egg.
Some times I feel like a mother hen. ItÂ’s as if I was sitting on a big egg, which happens to be the whole farm- worrying and waiting and tending and doing all of the things that I imagine go through a hens little head. Sometimes I envy the simplicity of the hens life- how simple it would be if my needs and the farms needs were as simple as just sitting on an egg and eating my fill. The farm is more complex than that. On the good days I feel like a conductor orchestrating all of the little parts that go into making the symphony of the garden sound sweet. Some days I am a plumber, some days an electrician, some days a carpenter, some days a factory worker, and some days an accountant, and every day a boss 🙁
Some days its great, some days itÂ’s not, some days its both. Every day there is at least a moment when I am thankful for this life, for being able to hear the sweet sound of bird song, for the sunshine, for being able to look over and see my buddy Moses laying in the sun. ThatÂ’s when I know that life is good, when I can look across the field and see everything growing and all of the promise of sharing that joy with you.
ThatÂ’s what it is all about. Because for every day with sunshine, there is another that is miserably cold or miserably hot. Everything evens out except the joy that we can share withÂ others. ThatÂ’s the good stuff. ThatÂ’s the taste of the sweetest corn we have ever had or the juiciest tomato sandwich. ItÂ’s the prayer before a meal and leaning back in your chair when it is done. Those are the blessings that make this work worth doing and that is why we farm.
This winter two venerable farmers who have touched my life passed on, and put their mud boots away for one last time: Del Yoder of Owl Creek, and Patricia Keith of Ridgeway Farm. My words would never do their lives nor deeds justice, but I feel the need in mentioning their passing, not to express the immensity of their loss to this world, but for what it means to the farmers who live and carry on after them.
Farming is a struggle- that is why less than one percent of Americans do it and even less try to make a living at it. Its a gamble, and a fight, and a hard road to walk upon. I canÂ’t speak too much about down the road (because I am not there yet), but I imagine that some things get easier and some things get harder the further down the road you get. Many folks quit, or sell the farm, but these folks were not that sort. They are the kind of people that arenÂ’t made any more, who carried on with the determination and perseverance in the face of all challenges, who took them onÂ with open minds and determined hearts. They struggled not
only to improve their own lots but also the lot of others around them and those that would come after. For that I owe them a great debt, because without folks like that- who are too faithful and foolish to believe that dreams are impossible, but can be made real through sweat and blood, this country would not be so great, this life and this place we call home would be poorer for it. IÂ’m not too sentimental a man, but I think that is worth a bit of sentiment, so there it is. 🙂
For me IÂ’ll sweat while I can and try not to complain too much. Every year is a great gift to us all and I am truly thankful. This season, although it is shaping up to be a challenging one, has started off blessed and we look to be in for good and fruitful harvests. I am lucky and thankful to share this with you. So for me and for you- lets remember to enjoy the sunshine while its still light out.
Enjoy. -Farmer Sky
Salad Mix – Enjoy!
Red Kitten Baby Spinach- Enjoy it as a salad green, or try it lightly cooked. It is so light and tender though right now that it would be best raw.
Lacinato Kale – Great sauteed, pan fried, or baked into kale chips.
Rainbow Swiss Chard – Enjoy!
Sugar Snap Peas – Can be eaten whole. Sweetest thing of the season.
Broccoli?! – ItÂ’s just about ready, if we can harvest enough for everyone I will be a happy man. 🙂
French Breakfast Radishes – Spicy, Crunchy, Crispy. Great addition to a salad or on buttered bread.
For Market-Style CSA Customers:
You will receive Salad Mix, Spinach, Snap Peas, and Broccoli with your choice of addtional items.