News from the Farm…

Dear Friends,

In addition to our CSA, we grow food for several local markets, restaurants, small distributors, and organizations. One of our most loyal, consistent and supportive partners is the River Valley Co-op in Northampton – which, by the way, is taking applications for its Board of Directors through the end of this month. We love working with organizations like the coop that have shared values and missions around building a more just, sustainable, and vibrant local food system.

Here on this side of the Connecticut River, we’re eagerly anticipating the opening of Common Share Food Co-op in Amherst, which will be owned collectively by its member-owners AND by the worker-owners – all the workers at the co-op! Four of the nine seats on the Board of Directors will be reserved for worker-owners which should give workers a strong voice in leadership and an increased sense of ownership.

Common Share has made it 68% of the way toward a goal of 1,000 Member/Owner Households – so now is a great time to join!

Already joined and want to ensure that the co-op will be co-owned by the whole community, despite all the usual barriers to equity and food justice? The co-op is fundraising to support co-op member-ownership for Black and Indigenous People of Color in the Amherst area.

And while we’re on the subject of becoming a shareholder in something that’s super cool – are you a member of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares? The 2020 season is about to begin!


This Week’s Share:

braising greens

mix and match options:
summer squash, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, leeks

above: Kale harvest, pandemic-style.

Pick Your Own:

shishito frying peppers and sweet lunchbox peppers
cherry tomatoes/tomatillos/ground cherries
green beansherbs:
oregano, parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, thyme, sage, mint

During this pandemic season, please: bring your own scissors, containers & water; no sampling; wash your hands & wear masks; and keep your kiddos close!

above: Horn worms can be a serious pest on tomatoes but they’re also really cool and cute, no?

Ideas & Recipes:

Caribbean Coconut Rice & Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

16 Leek Recipes You Have to Try

13 Recipes for Canning Tomatoes

Kale & Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing

above: Cucurbit family summer medley…

Food for Thought…

“There once was a brown horse that was brown like a bean, and he lived in the home of a very poor farmer. And the poor farmer had a very poor wife, and they had a very thin chicken and a lame little pig. And so, one day the very poor farmer’s wife said: We have nothing more to eat because we are very poor, so we must eat the very thin chicken. So they killed the very thin chicken and made a thin soup and ate it. And so, for a while, they were fine; but the hunger returned and the very poor farmer told his very poor wife: We have nothing more to eat because we are so poor, so we must eat the lame little pig. And so the lame little pig’s turn came and they killed it and they made a lame soup and ate it. And then it was the bean-brown horse’s turn. But the bean-brown horse did not wait for the story to end; it just ran away and went to another story.”

“Is that the end of the story?” I asked Durito, unable to hide my bewilderment.

“Of course not. Didn’t you hear me say that the bean-brown horse fled to another story?” he said as he prepared to leave.

“And so? “I ask exasperated.

“And so nothing, you have to look for the bean-brown horse in another story!” he said, adjusting his hat.

“But, Durito!” I said, protesting uselessly.

“Not one more word! You tell the story like it is.”

~ from Our Word is Our Weapon: Selected Writings by Subcommandante Marcos, edited by Juana Ponce de León