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Gratitude and Plenty

Posted 6/12/2019 7:51am by David Zemelsky.

Dear Some of You Whom I Know And Some Of You That I Wish I Knew,

Its always good here. Even when hard things happen, I feel that it can be handled.  Even that time when the hoop houses were crushed by the huge snow storm, it didn't feel that the world had ended.  For me, there was an unspoken trust that this farm would pull itself through.  And I was right.  The good Governor offered some assistance to help defray the cost of rebuilding. Additionally, there was a boost of help from Whitehouse Construction who offered their services at cost, which saved thousands.  And lets not forget the countless friends, who's emotional support was so essential.  And underneath it all is always the thought that this place is meant to thrive.  And it has.  The feeling of gratitude that everything that we do here works is one of the best things about my life.

Its not luck that we're talking about.  It more like hard work and dedication can pay off.  And here's the pay offs, as far as I'm concerned.  Its the young child who is exposed to fresh,nutritious food and really loves it.  Or the chef who recognizes that they are being given the best material in the world to cook with.  Or possibly that person who taste an heirloom tomato for the first time in 30 years and is suddenly weepy as they remembered that this taste is exactly what they've experienced when their father/mother grew them in the backyard so long ago.  A taste that they thought was gone forever.  I could go on, but  then I'd be guilty of nostalgia.  But for me this is all about gratitude-an opportunity to serve and enrich.

Along with gratitude follows "plenty".  The soil is ready, poised even, to give to us.  And in a big way, too. Our job is to feed soil its proper diet and follow the simple rules of sustainable living and farming.  From this union of seeds, water, fecund earth and sun comes Plenty(capitol letter is deliberate).  A cascade even, if the right details are attended to. Plenty of great food gives me gratitude. And so the circle is complete.



CSA people: If you see something on this list below that you know for sure that you want, let me know and I'll make sure that when you show up at the Farmer's Market, it won't have sold out already.

Segway to Farmer's Markets. Durham on  the green,Thursdays 3-6:30pm/Madison on the Madison Green on Fridays 3-6pm, and Wooster Square in New Haven on Saturdays 9am to 1pm.  Note: No Madison Market this week-High School Graduation has bumped us out.  We'll resume next Friday.

For those ordering for the shed, remember to get your order in by 8am on Friday.  Order will be ready after 2pm on Friday.

Oh and a word about carrots.  Those carrots that we've been offering for the past few weeks were the ones  that we nurtured from last late Fall.  The idea is to plant them late, but not too late in the Fall.  They'll grow a little bit before Winter sets in.  In late January, when the stronger light returns they're ready to continue growing.  Alas, we've depleted the stock.  But new carrots are on their way, probably by mid-July.  Hope you can do alright in the interim.

Here's what we have:

Peas/ snow and snap.  Let me know which one. $6/pint

Salad Greens $6/bag

Braising Greens-spicy or not $6/bag

Collards,Big Kale and/or Swiss Chard- $4/bunch

Radicchio- $3/head

Radishes- $4/bunch

Hakeuri Turnips- $4/bunch

Pea Tendrils- Special This week. $5/bag

Garlic Scapes-this is the flower on the garlic.  Next fresh  thing from the garlic plant.  Use exactly like clove garlic except it won't go thru a press. $4/bag

Pak Choi- $4/bunch

Cucumbers $2/each.  These are cukes to bow down to.  Taste, crunch, looks. Yup. They got them all.

Spinah $6/bag

Dill, Cilantro and Parsley  $3/bunch

I hope you have a great week, full of all the right foods!