- Generally important notes.
- Market Details- We won't be at Northville this week (probably back next week)
- Ordering: How to register with Local Line
- Notes from the farm and some thoughts on how to take actions to combat systemic racism.
- Fresh From the Field- What are we bringing to market this week?
Generally Important Notes:
- We will miss Northville for one more week! I am sorry if this is a disappointment. Please understand that it won't be for long. Many Northville shoppers also peruse the Farmington market. I encourage you to place your order for pick-up there for this week (and come see me!) We will likely be back next week.
- I predict ONE MORE WEEK TO GO of LIMITED SELECTION and then it is on.
- We may sell out online so please pre-order. We will bring what we can to market for direct sales but if it is important to you, please order ahead.
- If you see that there are no dates available to order and it is not between Tuesday afternoon-ish and Thursday at midnight, that is because ordering is not open. Don't be alarmed! It will be open during those times.
- We plan to return to Ann Arbor's Wednesday market when we have more produce available. This could be as soon as one week
- If you know that you are going to be shopping with us this season and are not yet a farm member, I encourage you to consider signing up for our Farm Membership. It is low risk (your balance won't expire) and it has a great effect on our farm, especially in this labor intensive time of year while the crops are slowly ramping up. Find more information about that here. I also want to thank all the people that have already joined our farm-ly. You are knitting together a strange spring and keeping us u[lifted.
Market Details: Pick-up locations and times. No changes this week
Northville, Thursday: WE WILL MISS NORTHVILLE THIS WEEK. Many of you also shop at the Farmington Market. I encourage you to place your orders for pick-up there. We will be back in Northville as soon as we have a little bit more produce.
Stockbridge, Friday: 4 pm- 7 pm, pre-order, walk-up or curbside, limited onsite purchases.
We will be at the market with your orders from 4 pm to 7 pm!
We may have some produce available for direct purchase.
The Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Saturday: 7 am to 12:00 pm, pre-order walk-up or curbside pick-up, limited onsite purchases.
We will be there for the entire market this time. It was great to see you last week. For curbside pick-up, please include a note with your email or email us.
For curbside pick-up: Email us to let us know. On market day, pull up and park along Detroit street and tell a volunteer your name and that you are picking up an order from Lake Divide.
Check out the A2 website for information on what to expect.
Eastern, Saturday: 7 am to 2:30 pm, pre-order, walk-up or curbside, limited onsite purchases.
We will be set up in our usual summer location (from last season) in Shed 2, close to the center and on the East side of the aisle that heads towards Shed 3. Look for our sign and for Shana!You will have to park and walk up to pick-up our order. Please wear a face covering (even just a cloth) and respect the social distancing guidelines and stay 6' from each other and us.
*If you feel strongly or need to have a trunk pick-up because you are high risk, please email me and I can arrange to have your order dropped at your car.
Royal Oak, Saturday: 7 am to 1 pm, pre-order, walk-up or curbside, limited onsite purchases.
We will be back inside in our usual spot this week.
*If you feel strongly or need to have a trunk pick-up because you are high risk, please email me and I can arrange to have your order dropped at your car. I will email you the instructions Friday after all orders are in.
Farmington, Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm, pre-order, walk-up or curbside, limited onsite purchases.
Thanks for the warm welcome at Farmington! We appreciate it. Even with the strange COVID year, we can tell that the Farmington Market Community is one to be happy to belong to.
Ordering: How to Register with Local Line
If you have already registered with Local Line, just log in and use your account to order. If you haven't already done it, please make sure your account name is in the format Lastname.Firs as in Chandler.Hele or Neumann.Jim. This isn't required but it helps us when we are entering data, packing, and handling pick ups.
If you still need to register with Local Line, follow these instructions. To avoid difficulty, PLEASE READ THROUGH THESE INSTRUCTIONS:
How to create a Local Line Account
- Head to the link at the bottom of these steps.
- Register using the green button to the right.
- You will be asked to enter a bunch of information and there are a two things that are very important
- Be sure to use the email address that this email went to. If you don't, you may be asked to pay using a credit card.
- Please use the Lastname.Firs for the Account name. (Your last name follow by a period followed by the first four letters of your first name, with no spaces. For example Chandler.Hele)
- You will then need to verify your email address by going to your email inbox and responding to the email that comes from Local Line.
- At last! You can order!
- Here is the link to use to create your Local Line account: https://www.localline.ca/lakedividefarm
Notes from the Farm:
I do not have the most to say this week about the farm. I will say we are working hard and our hard work is paying off. Note the greens coming out of the field this week and the coming soon section of "fresh From the Field".
We want to lend our voice and support to the nationwide gatherings of people protesting systemic racism. Racism is not a new problem. The mistreatment of people of color by our justice system is not new. It is a huge injustice spanning many years and generations. It is unacceptable that people of color are mistreated, abused, and killed by the systems that are supposed to support and protect all of us.
Do not allow the enormity of the problem to stop you from taking action.
No one can do everything but everyone can do something.
Find guidance from the strong people doing the work already. This set of questions put forward by activist Mariame Kaba, offer guidance on how to turn your rage, despair, disgust, into energy that can be used to create positive change.
“Questions I regularly ask myself when I'm outraged about injustice:
1. What resources exist so I can better educate myself?
2. Who's already doing work around this injustice?
3. Do I have the capacity to offer concrete support & help to them?
4. How can I be constructive?”
-Mariame Kaba (@prisonculture)
Who she is in her own words: My name is Mariame Kaba. I’m an organizer, educator and curator. My work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development. After over 20 years of living and organizing in Chicago, I moved back to my hometown of New York City in May 2016.
Here are some actions that you can take:
Read books. Here is a list of books that shed light on racism. The list was put together by Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to be an Antiracist"
Listen to podcasts.
Support the people doing the work: There are a lot of admirable, courageous, smart, strong people working on these problems- support them.
Make Phone calls
Contribute your time and energy to the people that are already pushing this boulder up the hill.
Have the conversations.
With your families, your friends, your neighbors. Ask the questions. On the list posted below there are suggestions as to how to have a productive conversation on the topic. Don't be silent.
For white people, read about how to be a white ally.
An old list, but a good one.
This past week, Barack Obama wrote piece for the medium (How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change). I feel offers a good jumping off point for the actions above as does his website linked here: https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/
I know that this is a fragmented call to action. I wish I could put more clarity into the collection of information above. I can't. My brain is mushed up by heat and exhaustion. I can encourage you to click the links, follow up with your own reading, and take the actions. Please.
Helen and the team.
Lake Divide Farm: Good for the Earth, Good for the Farmers, Good for the People. The Trifecta of sustainability. Good for the earth: Taking care of the natural world is a important, after all, it takes care of us; Good for the farmer: We believe farmers should have livable hours and livable wages; Good for the people: We believe in food equality and bringing our produce to market at an affordable price and keeping it accessible is important to us.
Fresh From the Field!
Bok Choy- baby and delicious
Head Lettuce (limited)
Microgreens! Mustard Mix, Just Arugula, & Watercress
Mustard- Spicy and tasty. Excellent on a sandwich or cooked
Tokyo Bekana! Loose leaf bok choy lettuce
Swiss Chard- The first baby leaves. Bagged up and delicious
All manner of deliciousness: (okay not so many manners this week but soon!)
Radishes- fresh spring radishes!