Week 7: Too Hot to Handle

Hey there friends,

I hope you all are finding ways to care for yourselves and stay cool during this painfully hot marathon we are enduring. We, of course, are having a rough time here. By the time July hits, many farmers are starting to feel burnt out – the heat makes it difficult to accomplish anything efficiently, no one is in a the mood to be working, and we feel absolutely destroyed at the end of each day. During this stretch it’s easy to forget that farming is something we love doing most days of the year. We try our best to navigate this rough time by working schedules that keep us out of the heat during peak sun – breaking for lunch and taking time to catch up on office work …returning to the farm as the heat of the day starts to wain and a breeze often trickles through. I promise I’m not here to make you all feel bad – but sometimes complaining is the only thing that feels helpful, so thanks for hearing us out ❤

In other less despairing news….TOMATOES ARE HERE! Well…they aren’t HERE here – not quite enough for everyone yet, but they are coloring up and will be in your share SO soon! We spent the weekend snacking on the first cherry tomatoes and it brought so much joy to my taste buds that I am so so excited to share with you. This year’s cherry tom varieties are Esterina (yellow) Cherry Bomb (red) and Sungold (orange) – can’t wait to hear what you all think!

We also had the joy of a short but sweet visit from Anthony’s mamma who spent some time with us in the fields – harvesting, pulling weeds and using her badass pro-gardener skills to TOTALLY BEAUTIFY the U-Pick flowers. Ya’ll make sure you bring some snips this week, get some for yourself and admire her wonderful work!

Mother and son checking out the MASSIVE squash plant taking over our scallions during Sunday’s weekly field walk!
In contrast with our wee second succession we just planted a week or so back!

Now that I’ve got you pumped up about the summer veg ahead here’s a look at what’s to come in this week’s share:

  • Cukes
  • Summer Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Green Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Fresh Onion
  • Scallions
  • Basil or Parsley
  • Mini Lettuce
  • Salad Mix
  • Yukina or Mustard Greens

In addition to the share -we will have divine SHEEP’S MILK YOGURT from our friends at WILLOW POND right here in Gardiner. This week you must use THIS FORM to pre-order before pick-up, please and thank you!!

We are also welcoming back FRESH CHICKEN from Jenna and David at Four Winds Farm who have spent many hot days tending to these organic pasture raised juicy birds. Use THIS FORM to get yours pre-ordered!

Again, sending so much love to you all as we depart for our evening at the farm wrapping up work as the sun slowly sets!

Thanks for being here another week!

❤ AL

217-840-0683 (Leslie)

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