Up to the start of this season, I’ve been in a funk. Understandable, right? The world is one big mess and my heart wasn’t engaged. I was plodding along – some good days farming, some worthless days. The farm and my mind reflected our collective messy moment.
Yesterday, however, something turned. I was 100% in the moment. We cleaned tubs and the packing shed. We set up boxes. I had this feeling that we were restarting. Despite all that had brought us to this place, as I was standing on the newly washed floor by the stainless steel dairy sinks, the world started anew.
This is the magic of a farming. Life starts over. New plants, new landscape, new season. At the farm we have the pleasure of reconstructing something new and it doesn’t entail us doing demolition or tedious legal manuvers. This is just how it’s done. As it’s been done for millenia. It must be this process that makes us farm operators optimists.
It may have taken me a while to get there, but, for me, this year especially, I have found a new hope. I never promise members that everything will be perfect and a season will go off without a hitch, but I do promise that we will do out utmost to work our little corner of the world. After all, that’s all we can ask of ourselves or any of us. Peace.
In the box:
- Swiss Chard: Video below gives you an idea on how to prepare – you can substitute out the garlic for the garlic scapes.
- Garlic Scapes: These are the little shoots that come up out of hardneck garlic – very short season crop – milder than garlic itself, feel free to substitute whereever you use garlic. You can dice the whole stalk.