Notes from the Field
There are now 9 weeks remaining of the CASFS Apprenticeship. As minds begin to swirl about what will come after CASFS, it is important to be reminded of the beauty that not only surrounds us, but that we engage with at the Farm. Harvest mornings exemplify this: a gentle mist is carried in by the ocean’s breeze and gently coats the entire landscape. To the keen eye of the farmer who examines the crop to be harvested, one sees the small droplets of moisture on the leaves of the crops and appreciates the present moment and crop at hand. One becomes immersed in harvesting and the work becomes a meditation. Montaigne wrote in Essays, “When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a fine orchard, if my thoughts have been occupied with extraneous matters for some part of time, at another moment I bring them back to the walk, the orchard, the sweetness of this solitude and to myself.” So, with Montaigne’s wise words, when we harvest, we harvest! We are greeted with the beauty of the Farm and our determined hands work to compile your share of fresh vegetables and fruit.
Once again we have sweet corn in the CSA box! It wouldn’t be summer without roasted corn. You can boil, sauté, roast, grill, freeze, mash, and that’s just the beginning of things you can do with corn. One of my favorite ways to use fresh corn is to cut it off the cob and add it to your cornbread. This adds moisture to the bread and the undeniable “corn” texture.
Other crops growing noticeably large are apples, winter squashes, and dry-farm tomatoes. It is always exciting (and a test in patience) to await the coming crops that will be so good in not too long. Apprentices tend to these crops by hand pulling large weeds, applying organic amendments, and trellising veins. Tending to the crops is hard work that is in anticipation and preparation of the crops to come.
Until next week, find a space in which you are surrounded by beauty, and enjoy your organic CASFS produce.
– Shelley Lewton