The season is changing whether it feels like it or not. The plants and the farm animals are accurately aware of it and seem to be settling in for the fall season. The weather though is still very hot and dry which makes for a tough growing environment for the cool season seedlings that are coming up in the planting beds. The watering for the last few weeks have taken much of our time around the farm spending 4 hours a day just to keep the plants that are producing alive and the seedlings that have decided to peek out of the soil from burning up. We have several hens that are sitting on their eggs hoping for chicks before the cold weather moves into the valley. The goats and donkeys are spending early mornings running and jumping throughout the barnyard before their winter coats come in and add another layer to their bulk. I am beginning to see the first of the fall mildew on the zinnia flowers out in the field. It happens every late summer when the dew of the evening settles on the leaves staying put until the sun rises and evaporation eraser’s any hope of this water falling toward their root where they need it the most. We have our new crops of flowers though reaching for the sun and budding up with something new…and saying our goodbye to something old.
With the farm’s market being closed right now to the public due to the lack of rain and this heatwave it has made it easier around here to harvest the produce that is producing..and believe me there is plenty out there in the field that is still giving its all. The last couple of weekends we have had our fall CSA shareholders pickups and that has been great…for I can only put up so much. We had a few shareholders out of town or unable to pickup last weekend and this is what was left over after the pickups were over. I did take a couple of bags full over to my neighbors…and my sister Patsy went home with a bag of vegetables…although she calls me later and asked …now what is this green leafy stuff and what do I do with such & such? I try my best not to slap that girl…I have sent home bags of all this stuff with her before…I bet she tossed it and went for a hamburger instead.
Until this weather pattern breaks and the rains return we will have to continue to keep the market closed…which I know is disappointing but this is a farm that survives on the trust and support of it shareholders that sign up for the CSA program and that is what we have to focus on for now. We are going to host several workshops though that are open to the public as well as our CSA shareholder this coming month. And it wouldn’t hurt our feelings if you wanted to take home some farm goods with you after the workshops. Flowers, jams and pickles ect…
Workshop Schedule for September:
Saturday Sept. 10th.
10:30am @ Madison Creek Farms
Heirloom Seed Saving (free workshop)
This is a hands on workshop on how we save our seed from year to year. This is one of the most important skills to learn to protect your seed source. With big corporations now controlling 90% of our food seeds in which they alter and modified only allowing their patented version to come to market if at all. This is a way they control the food we grow..the price ….and the amount we grow…which controls the world. Your only freedom is in seeds from your open pollinated-heirlooms seeds that you collect and save.
Saturday Sept. 17th.
10:30 am. @The FarmHouse Kitchen (free workshop)
Cooking with Herbs (the amazing flavors of basil)
One of my favorite cooking workshops. Cooking with herbs we will be sampling recipes that highlight the use of fresh herbs. This workshop we are working with basil. Sweet basil, lemon basil and Cinnamon basil. Yes we are making pesto…but that’s not all..join us.
CSA News & Updates
September pickup schedule for Fall CSA shareholders.
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