|What's in the box this week
Content differences between Family and Small
Shares are in red; items
with a "+" in
Family Shares are more in quantity than in Small; anticipated quantities, if
any, are in parentheses, as is the source of any produce not from Live Earth
Farm (LEF). Occasionally content will differ
from this list (typically we will make a substitution), but we do our best to
give you an accurate projection.
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Kale or Collard Greens
Mei Qing Choi
Kale or Collard Greens
Mei Qing Choi
Extra Fruit Option
Wednesday: Apricots, Plums, Blackberries, Strawberries
Thursday: Apricots, Plums, Blackberries, Strawberries
remember, always go by quantities on checklist; things can change!
Fruit "Bounty" Option
Apricots, Plums, Blackberries, Strawberries
This week's bread will be whole wheat with flax seed
While some decided to escape the maelstrom of urban life by visiting the farm to pick Apricots, our family did the opposite, we left the farm, with friends from out-of-town, to enjoy an urban getaway in San Francisco. The city attractions however (D.Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, and Fireworks), wore off pretty quickly and I was anxious, after only 24 hours, to get back to the farm and catch the tail-end of the Apricot U-pick event. At 1 o'clock most of "you"-pickers were already come and gone, probably at home, processing the freshly picked treasures. Judging from the amount of fruit left on the trees and the final tally of sales, more than 200 eager pickers must have walked through the orchard. A great big thanks, it is your participation that made this another very successful and enjoyable Live Earth Farm event. Also, many thanks to Molly (farm intern) and her boyfriend David (2nd year intern at the UCSC Farm & Garden) for setting up and doing such a wonderful job hosting in my absence.
I have to smile realizing how a former city dweller like myself, can so quickly experience "farm deficit disorder".
Moving away from human made urban environments of high-rise offices, shopping centers, and apartment complexes, the last 15 years of farming have helped me reconnected with the surrounding natural environment, learning to trust my instincts and impulses and not only follow the arbitrary rules, habits, and restrictions dictated by today's often dominant urban culture. Cities and farms, are two worlds that often are at odds with each other. Most of us, I am sure, are inclined to break down these barriers and probably support the idea that Farms and Gardens become places to help rebuild and link the natural and human made environments. I can envision one day when we not only have one U-pick a year, but maybe one every week, creating the possibility of a more sustainable balance, where food becomes a wonderful vehicle for creating a more secure and stable future, one where we celebrate not only our independence but maybe more importantly our inter-dependence.
Wouldn't it be smart if we as a people wrote declarations of "inter-dependence," where the land, rivers and oceans were protected from exploitation, creating long-lasting bonds of mutual enhancement where humans are functioning members, rather than conquering invaders. As a farmer my treaty with the land is to listen, hear what it says, understand what it can and cannot do and continuously improve my own shortcomings in this mutual dance.
What's up in the fields
There is a slow down in Summer Squash. Next week every share should get Golden Beets or both red and golden. Also more cucumbers on the way and maybe first cherry tomatoes in 2 weeks. Instead of red potatoes we'll switch to yellow potatoes (Yellow Finns or Yukon Golds), wonderful for roasting.
Apricots may last another week and Plums a week longer. We are setting up stakes underneath our apple trees to support the increasing wait from the growing fruit. Gala's should be the first one's to ripen by the end of August/beginning of September, still a long "summer" ways away....
|Reminder - 2nd Community Farm Day on August 1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~You are invited to come and spend a day on the farm on Saturday, August 1st,
starting 9AM. It's our second such Community Farm Day this year. The first one in May was lot's of fun, exploring the farm and
engaging in a a number of wonderful activities. There
is something for everyone to enjoy. I will post a more detailed schedule of activities next week.
to come spend the night from Friday (July 31st) to Saturday, you can pitch a tent.
Be aware it's been foggy and chilly so there is a good chance you need
to stay dry and warm. Please RSVP me (Farmer Tom) at 831-760-0436 or
email@example.com. Hope to see you Saturday! - Tom
|Notes from Debbie's Kitchen
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Debbie is away this week; please click here to go to her recipe database. She'll be back on the job Week 16!
Here is the current schedule, and we will update the calendar here in the newsletter regularly. You can also get more information from the calendar on our website.
NEW!! Farm Workshops/Lectures
this is an idea that is still forming...
Possible subjects to include Permaculture, Fermented Foods, Farming with
the Wild... stay tuned!
UPDATED!! Community Farm Days
Every month from May through October, 9am - 4pm, on these Saturdays:
June 20th Farm - coinciding with our Solstice Celebration
October 24th - coinciding with our Harvest Celebration
Participants are welcome to arrive Friday evening and camp out overnight
to Saturday (except on the Friday before our Solstice and Harvest celebrations; we're too busy setting up). Please leave
your dogs at home, thanks! The intent of Community Farm Days is
to increase the opportunity for members and their families to experience and
enjoy a slice of "life
on the farm" at different times of the year - kind of like our old
Mini Camp, but for members of all ages! Each month will have a different activity
focus, and will be announced in advance here in the newsletter. RSVP of number of people attending and whether you'll be arriving Friday night or Saturday is requested. Call 831.763.2448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW!! Live Earth Farm Discovery Program for WEE ONES
3rd Tuesday of every month, 10:30am - Noon
(free for children 0 - 3 yrs; $5 - $10 per adult)
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caretakers of any kind... bring the babe in your arms to experience the diversity of our beautiful organic farm here in Watsonville. We will use our five senses to get to know the natural world around us. The farm is home to over 50 different fruits and vegetables, chicks, chickens, goats, piglets, and the many wild members of the Pajaro watershed.
For more information, contact Jessica at the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program (831) 728-2032 or email her at email@example.com.
Apricot U-Pick Days
two Sundays: July 5th and July 12th
Bring your own bags.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday June 20th <---note new date!
[click here for a short YouTube video of our 2007 celebration]
*** Children's Mini-Camp has been discontinued, and is being replaced with the above-mentioned Community Farm Days. ***
Organic Farm Dinner Fundraiser for the Live Earth Farm Discovery Program
Saturday September 12th ~ don't miss it!!
Farm tour, feast, and silent auction!
Seasonal Cooking for Health Workshop in the afternoon!
click here to download flyer and learn more
Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday October 24th
[and click here for a YouTube video of our Fall celebration!]