Week 9

A little quiet and rain. A pleasant Monday morning.

IMG_0985Overall, things are quiet for this time of year. It’s been so cool out that things aren’t quite bursting from the fields at their usual August pace. Tomatoes are taking their time ripening, eggplant are stretching ever-so-slowly. Don’t get us wrong- there’s still lots of food coming out of the fields, but things don’t seem as rushed as they normally do this time of year.

Despite the slow ripening, we’ve got plenty going on. We’ve done much better at getting fall transplants ready this year, and are transplanting thousands of little kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, chard, broccoli, and cauliflower into the fields. With this cool, rainy weather, they’ll get a good start to their lives, and with any luck we’ll have fields bursting with greenery late into the fall.

IMG_0991It’s also been a week for building community- working hard with organizations from across the Twin Cities to create a plan for the farm on Maryland Avenue. We’ve been meeting with the city, as well as folks from The Minnesota Project and the Trust for Public Land, and are hoping that we can scrape together the support and money to keep that land from being developed at all. As a backup plan, we hope we can pull together folks with the expertise to create a proposal for development of the site that includes a very small footprint building and keeps most of the site in farmland. Again, we welcome any input or support, if you or folks you know have expertise in development, conservation trusts, landscape design- any related field.

And lastly, we had an incredible time yesterday at the Bike and Brew event hosted by ourselves and Common Harvest Farm. A group of 34 intrepid bikers set out from our farm sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and rode all the way to Marine on St. Croix, From there, we got a pontoon ride across the river, and made it the last few miles up the hill to Common Harvest. There, we were met with cold water and good beer, and pizza after pizza from the brick oven. It was a wonderful time, and we were so excited to meet folks with such great ideas about everything from cooking to food systems. Thanks, everyone!

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With that, here’s a look at what’s in your share this week:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Eggplant
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Summer squash
  • Cooking greens of one variety or another
  • Hot peppers
  • Cilantro or Dill
  • Potatoes
  • U-pick cherry tomatoes (more this week!), beans, herbs, and flowers

Cross your fingers for some hotter weather so we can give tomatoes next week!

And there’s a little inspiration for your eggplant: http://straightfromthefarm.net/2008/09/15/spicy-eggplant-with-tomatoes-recipe/#more-

Have a great week!

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