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Live Earth Farm (Com)Post
1st Harvest Week, Winter 2006/2007
Nov. 29, 2006
in this issue
-- Greetings from Farmer Tom
-- Greetings from Debbie
-- Just yesterday, in the barn...
-- What's in the box this week
-- Recipes!

"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." Carl Sagan

Greetings from Farmer Tom
Elisa and David My family and I just returned from a wonderful Thanksgiving break in the majestic Teton Range in Wyoming with our very good friend Tony Lewis, his wife, and two Australian shepherds. [The photo, at right, is of our children, Elisa and David.] Our friendship predates Live Earth Farm and he has witnessed the change from Tom the city boy and long-distance runner to Tom the farmer. In the early years, Tony came to visit a lot and he was the first to help me remove the fences of the old horse pastures that subdivided the farm. I will never forget when he came to the rescue to re-roof our greenhouse after a windstorm ripped the plastic film of the newly-erected structure leaving our spring crop of seedling exposed to the winter cold. His friendship has always been a source of encouragement and support during all these years, and sharing a Thanksgiving meal with him was wonderfully energizing as we start our first ever Winter CSA share. Tuesday morning was frosty as we woke to harvest the crops; I could feel the urge to just curl up with my daughter and sleep in. It's interesting how one's body mimics the rhythm of the farm. Winter's short days give the spirit a rest, gives one time to slow down, meet with friends, talk, reflect and sleep. We repair and build things we don't have time for during the "busy" season. Plants parallel this pace as they move nutrients more slowly, and you will notice how the carrots are crisper and the red Russian kale, together with their its cousin, the collard greens, are much sweeter and milder than other times of the year. The soil and microorganisms are slowing down and winter workdays start at 8am and go until 4:30pm... what a contrast to long summer days, when we have to force ourselves to stop working, knowing we can accomplish one more task while it's still light outside late into the evening. Our planting cycles will stop after this week, at least in the fields. I am grateful the rain has held back and we can take advantage of these clear days to plant the last variety of strawberries (Seascape), a batch of raspberries, and onions ? all in preparation for next season. By the time you taste the first raspberry next year, winter and spring will have passed! But for now it's time to slow down, be patient, prepare and wait so that when we bite into that juicy tomato again next year, sometime in July, we can fully appreciate the cycles that dictate the life of our crops and therefore also the rhythm of our own lifecycles.

Greetings from Debbie
Farm panorama
Oh boy, we got behind this week -- I hope to have this newsletter to you on Monday nights in the future! We are experimenting with sending you this newsletter electronically instead of chugging out paper versions each week. Advantages are that we can include color photos (like this nice panorama, with our solar panels on the left, upper greenhouse on the right, swales in the foreground), and not use quite so much paper, among other things. Please bear with me as I figure out the details in this email system we're trying called "Constant Contact." I hope to have the layout and system better honed as we go forward!

Just yesterday, in the barn...
Packing the Shares

What's in the box this week
1 bunch golden beets, 1 bunch carrots, 2 to 3 butternut squash, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 bunches red Russian kale, 1 bunch chard 1 bunch collard greens, 8 apples, 2 avocados and 5 to 6 sweet bell peppers! (from Lakeside Organic Farm)

Tom has hinted to me that next week we may be seeing fennel, potatoes, and leeks...

Okay, I hate to do this to you guys... I know you always look forward to new recipes, but I'm still trying to figure out this system, and clearly there are some wrinkles I need to iron out! So for this week, I'm just going to send you to my online recipe database. There are LOTS of recipes there, and if you haven't been there yet, it's high time you checked it out!

By next week I hope to have spent some more time with this and should have some new recipes for you. - Debbie

Click here to go to Debbie's recipe database...

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phone: 831.763.2448