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Beginnings and Endings

Posted 6/18/2019 11:37am by David Zemelsky.


Before I say anything, I want you to know that if you order something to be delivered to the shed, its going to be THURSDAY for the foreseeable future. Thursday

About 30 minutes ago, I had the opportunity to show a curious visitor our farm and most notably our "tomato jungle".  It got that name from one of the grandchildren when they noticed how lost they got in the plot of tomatoes once they reached a certain height.  They haven't gotten there yet, but I still look at them as the tomato jungle.  Maybe it would be more accurate to say that they're now tomato jungle junior or maybe toddler tomato jungle.  I want them tall, so why not starting calling them what you want them to be.  Its like, if you called a child of yours tiny, I'm sure they'd oblige and end up short.  Not that there's a thing wrong with being short, mind you.  The point is that there's an element of a self predicting  prophecy if the child in question gets the hint that the parent want the "tiny".  So, if I call my tomatoes a "tomato jungle", that is my way of letting them know- I want you big. Telling someone (or something) what you need from them helps them know your expectations.

Here, you're looking at "Toddler Tomato Jungle".  Really, no jungle at all, but want to give them the right idea.  No strings have been added to hold the plants up yet.  But soon!

Adolescent Tomato Jungle!

Official Tomato Jungle!

Sounds like you could apply this to your everyday relationships, right? I would agree.  But before going down this way of thinking much deeper, I would say, ok I've made my point, now get on to where I really wanted to go with all this.  And that would be beginnings.  Every beginning, by definition means that there's going to be an ending.

There's lots of beginnings to consider.  To name a few, relationships, a plate of scallops with lemon from Lenny and Joe's, a book, a movie.  There's surely more.  But in terms of Star Light, I'm thinking specifically about the beginnings of plants-specifically tomatoes.  Tomatoes are the best example of an amazing beginning.  For us, this dates back to the first week of January.  Numerous trays of tomatoes where seeded and covered with heat domes and placed on a heat mat.  Within days, the first cotyledons   emerge from the soil.  From there , its only a question of bigger.  At a certain point, (maybe 9 weeks, the plant is big enough to get attached to a string and pruned in such a way to encourage upward growth.  Pruning, as you know has been discussed several times here already, so we won't go into that. Because, the plant is encouraged to grow vertically, we're looking at a 12-15 foot item.  Yikes, for sure!. We're way past beginnings at this point.  And this is where endings come in.  There is a point in a plants lifecycle when its just pumping out more and more fruit.  This is the waterfall of tomatoes.  A glorious and also sometimes intimadating  stage.  What to do with all those toms!  The next week, it's obvious.  The waterfall is over.  The plant has done what it could and starts to shut down.

What's mind boggling for me about all this is that is exactly what its like for us, too.  And knowing that is a total enrichment of my life.  True, I am not going to slow down now (but probably have, if I was honest. ) And won't give up easy, either.  Lets not forget Dylan Thomas here:"Rage, rage against the dying of the light".  This isn't me being heavy or morbid, just reporting.  Our beginnings mean there's an ending and how we get there-that makes all the difference. (Yes, a little Robert Frost in there too)

OK.  But none of this means that we're at the end of our produce.  No, not by a long shot.  In fact, by way of information- Star Light always has good fresh food for sale in every month of the year.  This is the time of year when it becomes a cascade of lovely food, day after day and week after week. In this sense, as we go from one great crop to another, we're creating new beginnings and endings every week.  I love that.

So then, for this week we're looking at the following items.  They can be purchased directly from us at our farm stand by sending us an email with your wishes.  We're moving the distribution day to Thursday for logistic reasons.  That would mean that your order needs to be received by 8AM on THURSDAY.  With a pick up any time after 2pm on THURSDAY.  You can also go to the Durham Farmer's Market, also on Thursday from 3-6:30pm, Madison Farmer's Market on the Madison Green on Fridays from 3-6 and Wooster Square Market in New Haven from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays

This is the list:

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

Beets- $4/bunch

Radicchio- $3/head

Radishes- $4/bunch

Hakeuri Turnips- $4/bunch

Pea Tendrils- Special This week. $5/bag

Nasturium Flowers- edible flowers, and peppery, too. $6 for a nice little 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

Spinah $6/bag

Dill, Cilantro, Oregano and Parsley  $3/bunch

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