By popular demand, all of this year's CSA newsletter recipes are now on our recipe page!
American Flatbread's Middlebury Hearth is having a special community dinner this Wednesday the 28th, featuring produce from our farm. It's $30 prix fix ($15 for kids under 10) for four courses of Gildrien-farm-filled deliciousness. Call for a reservation if you want to go - 802-388-3300 - we hear it's filling up fast.
A few weeks ago we had a clean-up day to deal with the aftermath of the flooding. Honestly, we'd been pretty depressed about the whole thing - losing that field this year, plus the winter plantings we can't plant, plus the potential of having it happen again, plus the thought of all that food going to waste - and we took up the offer that Annie Harlow made to put our clean-up day out to the ACORN network because we figured if we got a few more hands, we could get it over with more quickly.
Well, we sure got some more hands.
Those hands included the entire Middlebury College men's soccer team, several of our CSA members, some friends, and a couple of folks hardly even know. It was humbling and gratifying to watch all the energy that these people brought to the work of tearing out plants, pulling up plastic, hauling potatoes, and making the biggest compost pile we've ever had.
It was also incredibly efficient - in literally an hour and a half, our team of 30+ people did what would have been at least two weeks of work for Jeremy and Brian. And it was almost fun! Such an amazing gift to receive from our community.
We've also been touched by all the people who stopped by our stand and the market to ask how we're doing and buy an extra squash or two.
As climate change makes big weather like Irene more likely and alters the patterns of the seasons, farmers are going to have to adapt in a lot of different ways. Perhaps that gorgeous river-bottom soil will have to be limited to orchards or pasture. Clearly diversification is going to be increasingly important - if we'd been growing only winter squash, we'd be totally screwed. And I think community is going to become more and more important as well - for work parties, for investment in new ideas, for moral support.
So the good thing about having lost our field was that we got to see our community in action. And that was pretty great.
(Thanks to Annie Harlow for the photos.)
The ginger harvest is in! Since this was an experiment, there won't be much - come to the next few markets early if you want some!
(The ginger was in the greenhouse, which was not damaged by the storm. We still have greenhouse tomatoes and eggplants, too, and Jeremy has been busy seeding greens and radishes for harvest soon.)
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