Rest. Like long days catch up, short ones do too. Last week in a blur of distress, I expressed the feeling that there would be no relief. Jim assured me we were there, firmly planted in the opportunity to take a breath. I slept a lot and I can I feel it now, the settling of time around me. And with the time afforded to us, what will we do?
We have created a gift card that can be used just like one of our CSA accounts. Choose any starting balance and get one for your family and friends giving them the gift of good food, friendly faces, and community. We are at the Ann Arbor and Eastern Markets all winter and the Chelsea market through the end of December! Alternatively, gift card holders could wait to use their balances until their favorite farm fresh vegetables arise from the earth! But why wait, I say, you could be missing out on the favorite vegetable you didn't know existed! Pick one up at market starting Saturday!
In the field, our greens, under their mere fabric cover, have survived still! I am blown away by their resilience. Our hoop house greens are behind as expected, which makes me all the more grateful that our field greens stubbornly refuse to die. If all goes well, the hoop greens will step up to shoulder our consumptive needs just in time. And as the field work slows, we populate our winter to do list. We just purchased our ginger and turmeric seed for next year. It was a sad crop loss this year, but one that we are not prepared to repeat. We are signing up for our seed CSA! Just like you (may) sign up to be a member of our farm, we sign up to be a member of a seed farm. It is a great way to let farms feel your support throughout the year. These steps are just the beginning of looking forward into the details of next year. We are gathering our grit and preparing to populate our winter to do list. This winter, one of the top items will be resting and finding some enjoyment in the world!
And as we look forward, we must also look back. We are lucky enough to have google's updated map from this year. It is so cool to actually be able to look at some of what we did. In the picture below, you will see ground prepared for fall crops, spring crops going to seed, acres of cover crop establishing, fields of actively harvested crops, and even a truck in the field. Someone is out there, putting their shoulder into it. The shapes of the fields, while not as squared up as in my drawings, look remarkably similar to what I have on paper. Last spring, I tromped around the field with Lizz, Brianna, and Tony alike, trying to mete out some sense of the land. Now there it lies, one more thing we don't have to do next year. It will be nice to use this a reference when planning for the coming season.
This is just one more way our farm is building context, making our path more clear. It is wonderful to take a moment to appreciate how far we have come in these past two years. Our farm has grown and is growing still with increasing momentum. Jim had an interesting conversation with a market friend about how ideas become reality. The short version is this: Where before, it felt like we had to manifest all ideas through shear will, there is less resistance. Now we ease the path, like sweepers in curling. It is a relief to transition into support staff to our dream as it takes on a life of its own.
Helen writing for the Lake Dividers
Baby Bok Choi
Kale: flat leaf, green curly, and red curly
All manner of deliciousness:
Celery root- small but fantastic!
Fennel: Crispy bulbs.
Kohlrabi- beautiful meal sized kohlrabi and tender petite
Radishes: Classic, White Daikon, Green Daikon, and Watermelonradish
Turnips: Purple top and golden roasting turnips
Turnabaga- Turnip-Rutabaga cross! Delicious, sweet and crisp!
Markets, always rain or shine!Wednesday: Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm.
Saturday: Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Detroit's Eastern Market
The Ann Arbor Market is located in the Kerrytown District at 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI. The market runs from May thru December, 7 am to 3 pm and January thru April from 8 am to 3 pm.
The Chelsea Farmers' Market is located in the lower library lot along Park St. It runs May thru October from 8 am to 1 pm.
The Eastern Market in Detroit is located about a mile northeast of downtown. It covers about 43 acres, bounded by I-75 on the West and Gratiot Avenue on the South. It runs year round from 6am – 4pm