For some reason first week of CSA distribution always comes at the same
time as other big events. Last year, Dan was stricken with Babesiosis
the night before first distribution. This year our farmer friend Brian
had an emergency appendectomy! Brian and his wife Justine, run a 280
member CSA in upstate NY. This year their farm crew is pretty fresh and
not that familiar with organic crop production. So Dan is lending a
hand on his day off to go up to their farm near Troy to help out with
some tractor work. It sounds like he'll be cultivating potatoes, direct
seeding and probably a few other things.
I can't imagine what we'd do in a similar situation. Actually, I can.
We have lots of friends and family that have helped us out immensely in
the past and am sure would rise to occasion again (hopefully there
never will be one!!). Brian helped us out a few years ago after I had a
scary truck accident the night before our NYC distribution - when we
were driving down ourselves and staying for the whole pick up. This
kind of thing is another important reason for CSA. The Denisons had to
put off their first CSA pick up. It is great when farmers are supported
by a community that knows them as human beings. Our interconnectedness
is really highlighted when something like this happens. I'm sure most
of their members as well as their other farming colleagues were more
than understanding and eager to help out. Hopefully these things don't
happen too often. But they can be a good way to gain perspective, get
out of our own inner worlds and remind us to stay connected.
Meanwhile, there is plenty going on here at our place. Allisa &
Aliyah have been great. Now that harvest is upon us hopefully they'll
feel their efforts paying off a little. It's kind of impressive to see
a whole bed of lettuce cut down and done with. At least I feel a small
since of accomplishment in it.
We had our sweet potatoes slips arrive a little too tired from their
trip from North Carolina - out of 2500 there were only about 1500 good
plants. So we had to reorder and replant - we even planted a little
extra. There's been lots and lots of hoeing and hand weeding - carrots,
onions, summer squash. Transplanting leeks, too.
Speaking of help, our dads are a great help on the farm and spent
Saturday staking and trellising the tomatoes along with other things.
Here is a preview of this week’s share: lettuce, radishes, scallions,
spinach & more! Fruits shares will include strawberries and