I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed celebrating the arrival of the new year. Although the days are getting longer and the plants feel it, I barely do. It seems the days are as short as ever. Whelp! It will only seem like that until I notice it is still light out at 9 pm! Honestly, I can't wait for that!
The Wednesday Ann Arbor market and the Saturday Chelsesa market are on break until May.
For our local Stockbridge folks, that means quite trek. Never fear, we are planning on bi-weekly pickups in Stockbridge beginning the week of the 14th (likely on a Tuesday). Expect more details in next weeks email.
We will be in Shed five (inside!) at Eastern Market tomorrow.
This is the season that is light on greens. It is the time to get in touch with storage crops, eating them in all sorts of original ways. This is currently my favorite every day eat.
Shredded kolrabi and carrots with onions! It is as easy as it sounds. Shred the kohlrabi and carrots, mince the onions. Stir together with a generous amount of lemon juice, olive oil, mustard and caraway seeds plus salt to taste! It goes down easy so make a lot!
The plants we placed in the hoops so late are slowly growing and appreciating the increasing sunlight ever so much. It is hard to remember now, the frantic pace of the summer. Why was it that we didn't get them planted? Oh, it is coming back to me. The tie-rod on the tractor needed to be replaced. Can't steer? Can't use the tractor. Anyway. They plants are coming along. And with no help from us this last week and a half.
It was the first time I can remember that I was able to completely disconnect with the farm. We made rules. We didn't talk about equipment we are planning on building. We didn't talk about plant varieties. We didn't discuss modifications of systems to increase efficiency. We ate food. We were quiet. We were loud. I slept and slept. On the mental back-burner, ethos clarified, materializing some of our goals as a family farm business. Without prodding, they leapt from our minds. Schedules, boundaries, defining emergency, personal space. These are all things people find themselves talk about when they talk about other people. This system we are working with, it has a life of its own. It has its own needs and wants. Within that, we must claim what we need otherwise we will have no room. Also, the realization that our farm foundation is almost laid. We are almost to the place where we get to build upon it and instill it with our dreams and hopes.
This, of course, is all very vague and undeveloped, proof that I did in fact, stick the pact. Armed with almost two weeks of mental freedom, I will tease the gold out. For now, I am grateful to have had some space to just exist. The "decoupling", as the break has come to be called, will become an annual ritual. The coherence that precipitates from unfocused repose is invaluable.
And now we are back, a little sharper than before. The sun for the past few days has been glorious. We are joyous to get our backs back into it. We are preparing to get the greenhouse back online, the first round of seeds include micro greens, pea shoots, and some head lettuce and bok choy transplants.
We can't wait to see you back at market this week!
Helen writing for the Lake Dividers
- Looking to join our CSA or renew your membership? Find more details here. The basics? Open an account with us, get a bonus, and use your account to purchase produce with us at any of our markets. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.
- We are hiring! We have 3 full-time and 3 part-time positions opening up for the 2019 season. You can find details about the jobs on our website here. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please send us an email or pass along the information.
- We are accepting workshares both on the farm and at market. Please email for details.
Fresh From the Field!
All manner of deliciousness:
Kohlrabi- beautiful meal sized kohlrabi and tender petite
Radishes: Classic, White Daikon, Green Daikon, and Watermelon radish
Turnips: Purple top and golden roasting turnips
Turnabaga- Turnip-Rutabaga cross! Delicious, sweet and crisp!
Your balance is: 0Markets, always rain or shine!All good things come to an end: The Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers' market and the Saturday Chelsea market will return in May after a winter haitus.
Saturday: Ann Arbor 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 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