I saw my first tornado this week. Yes. It's true. And luckily, it seems to have caused little damage to our community and farm with only downed trees in its wake. Clare and I were working in wash station when our phones emergency alerts went off. "Tornado Warning!" I wondered "is it a warning when there is a tornado or is that when there is a watch?" (It's a warning.) I read the description of the event and where it was happening. It was allegedly right in our area! Huh? We thought we would look at the horizon to see what we could see. I commented on how still it felt, and it was! Is that something I had heard about right before a storm? There was no rain or wind but we could see the dark clouds filling the entire western horizon. I saw what looked like a small downward peak in the otherwise smooth cloud line, glanced at Clare to discuss, looked back and that little peak had grown extensively. We didn't keep discussing. I didn't stick around to take a picture, which I can't decide if I regret now. It seemed much more important to get the dogs and humans into the basement in the moment.
We waited it out down there, wondering what was going on outside, reading about native plants and noting leaks in the house's foundation. When we went back out, trees were knocked down, grass flattened, our handwashing sink was knocked on its side, but luckily no other damage. All the structures still stand with no large debris upon them. I feel lucky. It seemed so mild, I doubted what I saw until later I saw a video of the funnel that made the location clear.
Anyway, I feel almost disrespectful talking about witnessing a tornado and getting out unscathed when I know these forces of nature have wrecked lives. Let it be a once in a lifetime incident. Unless, of course, I become a storm chaser.
We have lots of good food for you, with beans and red cabbage new this week, so come out and see us.
Please watch out for little joys and eat well.
In this email:
- Generally important notes
- Ann Arbor Members: We are no longer regulars at the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market! Please look for the email with information or email me directly. I'm so sorry if this is jolting.
- Here is link to our Social Justice page on our website. It is a list of resources to keep active in effecting positive social change.
- Fresh from the Field
- Recipe: Blueberry-Cucumber Salad
- Market Details: Royal Oak and Eastern (shed 2, 276 &274)!
Fresh From the Field-
Kale- Lacinato, curly green and curly red!
Microgreens: Basil, Broccoli (back next week), Cilantro, Cress, Mustard, Radish Mix,
All Manner of Deliciousness
Basil bunches and porch pots!
BeansL Frrom Yoder Farm
Blueberries: From Better Way Farm
Broccoli: From Titus Farms
Cucumbers: From Yoder Farms
Eggs: From HillTop Farms (at Eastern Market only)
Garlic- It is so juicy this time of year!
Radish: From Jacob's Fresh Farm
Farms we are collaborating with:
Not all the farms we are working with are certified organic. If they aren't, you better bet we know them well enough to trust their growing practices. This is both because we have asked them about how they care for their land and what materials they use, but also because we are friends. We have asked each other questions and shared information and resources over the years. We know most of them well enough to have had dinner together and to call to share family news. This collection of family farms are our community and our colleagues. We are proud to know them and to work with them.
Better Way Farms, South Haven, Certified Organic
HillTop Greenhouse and Farms, Ann Arbor. They supply the eggs from free range, happy chickens.
Jacob's Fresh Farm, Dexter
Stutzman Family Farm, Northern Michigan, Certified Organic
Titus Farms, Leslie
Yoder Farms, Leslie
Recipe: Blueberry-Cucumber Salad
From: Farm Flavor
Go light, healthy and fresh with this simple salad featuring blueberries and cucumbers.
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ cup cilantro or parsley leaves, coarsely chopped and loosely packed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, optional
- With a sharp knife, cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with tip of a spoon.
- Cut into thin slices.
- In a large bowl, toss cucumber, blueberries, scallions and cilantro.
- In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper.
- Pour over the cucumber mixture and toss to combine.
- Sprinkle with feta cheese if desired.
Note from Helen: Now, I haven't made this exact recipe but I wouldn't scrape out the cucumber seeds, I probably wouldn't add scallions, I may add microgreens (radish anyone?), may add raw sunflower seeds, and would definitely use the cilantro microgreens.
Market Details: We are at market this week
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market- Sporadic attendance noted on our social media. We love you.
Eastern Market, Shed 2, stalls 276 and 274 (Our regular, outside spot at the center of the shed), Saturday with Helen and Aaron! 6 am to 2:30 pm
Royal Oak, Saturday with Claudia and Lisa 7 am to 1 pm