News from the Farm…

Dear Friends,

We are proud to be in community with organic growers who are asking hard questions about sustainability and who are innovating solutions, and it was a blast this week to see our longtime comrades Lisa DePiano of Amherst and Eric Toensmeier of Holyoke in the beautiful – and inspiring! – documentary film Inhabit.

The film celebrates permaculture, a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, in some of its many forms. Throwing out visions of lawns strung together for food production, rooftops for collecting water and energy, the filmmakers and their subjects make the case that even cities can be sources of unique and appealing jobs in food production and that tiny suburban backyards can become oases of fruits and year-round braising greens. If terms like plant guild, stacking functions, and buffers are new or compelling, you may want to check it out!

Happy Fall!

This Week’s Share:

mixed salad greens
braising greens

mix and match options:
cabbage, broccoli/cauliflower, beets, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, eggplant, turnips, sweet potatoes, fennel, carrots, kohlrabi

above: mad dash harvest of peppers before the unseasonably early frost this past Friday night

Pick Your Own:

green beans

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

above: a beautiful final harvest of sweet peppers coming at you this week!

Ideas & Recipes:

What to Do with an Overload of Peppers

Feel Better Chicken, Rice & Sweet Potato Soup

Roasted Fennel

5 Tasty Ways to Prepare Kohlrabi

Ottolenghi’s Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar

above: fall carrots!

Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now

Most likely, you think we hated the elephant,
the golden toad, the thylacine and all variations
of whale harpooned or hacked into extinction.

It must seem like we sought to leave you nothing
but benzene, mercury, the stomachs
of seagulls rippled with jet fuel and plastic.

You probably doubt that we were capable of joy,
but I assure you we were.

We still had the night sky back then,
and like our ancestors, we admired
its illuminated doodles
of scorpion outlines and upside-down ladles.

Absolutely, there were some forests left!
Absolutely, we still had some lakes!

I’m saying, it wasn’t all lead paint and sulfur dioxide.
There were bees back then, and they pollinated
a euphoria of flowers so we might
contemplate the great mysteries and finally ask,
“Hey guys, what’s transcendence?”

And then all the bees were dead.

~ Matthew Olzmann

above: fall brassicas!