Cleaning up

I lived like a slob in college. But I still jumped into action the day before my parents came to visit. I didn’t want them to get the appearance that I had devolved or forgot all standards of my upbringing.

In the past couple of days I’ve been looking around and I think the farm’s fallen into the same sorry state as my dorm room. Like college when all details of tidiness and hygiene fall to the wayside, the farm just gets more and more disorganized and shabby as the season progresses. When busy reading and writing papers, those pizza boxes get left and clothes pile up. In the same way, I leave little piles of tools where a project happened, only to be lost in foot-high grass. Heck, the cultivating tractor is still sitting in the yard where it ran out of gas two months ago. The immediate tasks of harvesting for CSA and filling a farm stand forever take precedent and everything else is just forgotten and ignored as we careen down the road, duct-taping and wiring together to get ourselves to the end of the season.

Chaos at Christmas Tree Farm – A puzzle for sale here

Normally I’d try to piece the place together next month, but we have invited the whole world to the Deep Roots Festival this Saturday. I’ve started to restart the rusty cleanup machinery of Lida Farm. Willem on the mower, Graham sweeping the barn loft, me picking up my many forgotten tools. Come this Saturday and see if we actually pulled it off. And, bring a friend. Anyone and everyone can attend the festival. For details and to pre-register, go to or just show up and pay at the door.

  • Sweet Corn: This is the bitter end – these Montauk ears are not big or pretty due to thistle that took over that part of the field. Still good flavor from this late season corn.
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Cucumbers: Either a couple standard ones or a Suyu Long – it’s a bit weird looking (long and curly) but please give it a try…I’ve found them good.
  • Cilantro
  • Summer Squash: Either zucchini or yellow patty pan – use patty pan in same way as you use zuccini.
  • Leeks
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Jalapenos
  • Green Pepper
  • Italia Sweet Pepper: The long, red and green peppers…there’s not hot, but sweet.
  • Cantaloupe

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