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Farm Happenings for August 29, 2020

Posted on August 27th, 2020 by Janet Aardema

**Hurricane Laura: If Saturday is a washout with dangerous flooding potential, anyone can pick up their share at the farm on Sunday or Monday if you notify us of your plan. We'll update Friday p.m. if conditions look ominous.**

We're staring down at the end of August and still feeling discombobulated from the lack of so many normal markers of summer. Even though as farmers we definitely don't call Sept 1 the end of summer (so much delicious summer harvest happens in September! so much summer heat still ahead of us!), we still feel odd that September is next week and we didn't experience a whole list of things that are treasured summer rituals. Alas, onward we move. 

Crop updates: Some plants are definitely still waterlogged from our Monsoon August, but we always plan for some amount of loss. (This is farming reality.) There are fewer Green Beans available for you this week, and a couple of plantings of fall Beets have tanked, and deer have found a way to breech our fence in the past week and have mowed down three hundred Cucumber plants. BUT we still have a nice flush of cucumbers for you this week. We still have Tomatoes rolling in, and our Sweet Pepper plants and Basil plants are healthy and productive. All these combined with our Bread makes a delicious Panzanella Salad. So, so delicious! 

Shishito Peppers (frying peppers, picture below...meant to be cooked whole in a saute pan with oil and salt until blistered) are producing beautifully right now (see cooking guidance here) so eat them up! Flowers are holding their own for now, so we have petals to light up your home. 


And despite all of the wrong things happening in the world this week, we can work to "Get in Good Trouble" (thank you John Lewis!) and also lift our spirits with cute kitten photos. This is what a three week old kitten looks like in the pocket of a work drapron. We feed our spirits where we can, we speak out against injustice, and we find more ways to include good work and good trouble in our days!

We'll keep you posted on what the next week brings! Thank you for being an absolutely critical part of our farm!

Blessings on your meals, and keep masking up and washing your hands ~

Janet, Dan, & the whole Broadfork crew (Julie, Caity, Karen, Ray, Diana, Rachel, Mare, and the kids: Sylvie, Joren, Elletta, and Beckett)
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