You can sign a petition this Saturday at Eastern Market or the Royal Oak Farmers' Market. You can also search for a place to sign the petition here: https://www.mobilize.us/mireprofreedom/?event_type=22&show_all_events=true
Use the filters to find a location and time that work for you.
Please don't wait and keep in mind, this is an in person petition only. The deadline to acquire 425,059 signatures from registered voters is July 11th. If you realize how important reproductive rights and freedom are, please take action.
Here is more information about what signing this petition will do. https://mireproductivefreedom.org/learn-more/
Here is more information from PBS about the ballot initiative. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/a-ballot-initiative-in-michigan-could-let-voters-choose-whether-abortion-is-a-protected-right
In this email:
- Generally important notes
- Farm Members, if you haven't checked out our new membership agreement please see a copy here. If this works for you, please send me an email saying so. If it doesn't, please let me know and we will sort it out. Thank you!
- Stockbridge Members: Look for the email from a couple weeks ago. Please email me with any questions or thoughts.
- 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.
- Please find a location to sign the Reproductive Freedom for All initiative: https://www.mobilize.us/mireprofreedom/?event_type=22&show_all_events=true
- Fresh from the Field
- Recipe: Fennel Top Pesto. Holy $m@ke$! It is delicious.
- Market Details
- Tales from the Farm!
All Manner of Deliciousness
Baby Green Garlic
Sweet turnips- limited
Herbs (If we have time)
Recipe: Fennel Top Pesto
I tried making this for the first time last week and it was INSANELY delicious.
I got the perfect amount of tops for the recipe from one bunch. I then braised the bulbs in white wine. All in all, it was a delicious day that if you saw me Saturday, you probably heard about.
From: Whole Food Bellies
If you have ever wondered just what to do with those fennel fronds, fennel leaves, fennel tops or fennel greens once you have used up the bulb, then this lush Fennel Fronds Pesto is for you. Just a handful of ingredients and you have a completely delicious and freezer friendly pesto to use wherever you would use a normal pesto.
- 1 cup toasted walnuts (could skip the toasting if you're in a hurry but it takes very little time and really gourmets the whole situation.)
- 3 cups loosely packed fennel fronds
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup olive oil (plus extra)
- Toast the walnuts over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes, or until they start to turn a nice golden brown color. Set aside to cool.
- Add the walnuts, fennel fronds, lemon juice, garlic and salt to a food processor. Add in half of the olive oil and pulse or blend until incorporated. Continue blending while slowly pouring in the rest of the olive oil and desired consistency is reached (you may need to add in a little more olive oil or water 1 teaspoon at a time if you prefer it thinner)
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze for later use
Market Details: We are at market this week
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Saturday with Helen and Tyler and radish aficionado Wiley! 7 am to 3 pm (or till sold out)
Eastern Market, shed 2, Saturday with Nicole! 6 am to 2:30 pmRoyal Oak, Saturday with Jim and special guest Hannah! 7 am to 1 pm
Thank goodness for machines. I got a chance to do a lot of cultivation yesterday and today. For us this generally means wrecking weeds with tractor attachments. Every time I'm on the tractor doing this task, I am grateful it is the metal being worn down instead of my body.
Many farmers understandably use plastic as a weed barrier. They put it down at the beginning of the year and plant into it. It warms the soil and keeps weeds down. At the growing season's end, the plastic comes up. There is a similar biodegradable mulch on the market but it is not allowed in organic production yet.
We do not use single use plastic in our fields. I can't convince myself to make it a practice. We have have tried a lot of methods and many a method needs perfection by us. We use reusable ground cloth. It is a lot of work and is still plastic but at least it isn't getting thrown out every year?
Weed management is a whole division of labor on a farm. Weeds are tenacious. They grow quickly, compete effectively, and produce an almost unimaginable number of seeds that remain viable in the years to come. When I first started farming I thought that i would manage my fields so the weed population would decline to negligible numbers. (Thought or hoped?) That would mean not letting weeds go to seed and working to bring weeds seeds up, germinate them, and then kill them. This would reduce the weed seed bank. We try to do all these things and some fields have been managed better than others but now my goal is management and reduction, rather than elimination.
The cultivating tractors let us manage more land than we could by hand. Any weed disturbed by the tractor is one we don't have to manually remove with our hands.
Sign the petition to keep our reproductive rights in place.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Helen for Jim, Tyler, Wiley, Boomer (bark layer), and Exie (morale officer)