HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 8th

The Monday after Reggae on the River is always a little rugged for this guy.  I didn’t party too much this year, and it was good to help as a volunteer with the Kitchen setup and trouble-shooting during the weekend.  The music was good, and I saw lots of old friends whom I don’t see much anymore.  Good things all around, though I am a bit worn out today.

        It’s August, which means we’re dealing with water issues.  It’s funny, no matter how good the system works in June and July, when we hit August we always seem to run into trouble.  Facebook showed me a post from two years ago that discussed being out of water and working to get caught up.  Funny how these things seem to go in cycles.

        We’re jamming away on the farm, hauling in the bounty of summer as it ripens in the heat of gorgeous, sunny days.  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, squash, beans, all rolling in in strong waves.  This is the beginning of the peak of hot crop season, and we know you’ll be enjoying them thoroughly.  Amber, Mama, Tim and Ben picked several lugs of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, getting us a head start on the harvest for today.  We find that breaking it up into two harvests is the only way for us to get everything done and get off to market on time.

        It takes quite a bit of coordination and choreography to get everything done but we’ve managed to find a nice rhythm to the seasons, moving along at a rapid pace through the channel of life.  Sometimes I wish things would move a bit more slowly, but I’m coming to understand that this is the way of things, and that I had better get used to the pace.  The new normal is faster than the old normal, and such is the way of the modern world.  Taking moments out for respite is essential, treasuring the journey and the process.

           There are so many meetings and functions to attend that it can be quite a whirlwind.  That said, we’re slowly getting used to the administrative side of farming, though it can be frustrating at times.  So much bureaucracy and so many rules…

         Our fall crops are coming along nicely in the hoophouse; we pulled off the cover and put on shadecloth, keeping the crops cooler than they would be in the heat of the plastic.  This has allowed us to get a stellar batch of cabbages, kales, cauliflowers, broccoli, collards etc up and running, though we’re finding that we have to be careful to harden them off to the sun before planting them straight out.  The shadecloth has kept them from developing any ability to withstand the hot rays, so we have to be careful in getting them ready to go out.         Enjoy the Summer Ratatouille recipe this week, it’s a great way to gather all this stellar produce into one culinary delight!  Lots of tasty flavors; as always, we appreciate sharing the journey with you!  Much love, great success, Team HappyDay :)

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