What an unusual week it has been on the farm. The summer rains feel a bit unsettling but also so welcome. The cool low-pressure shifts were enough to usher in the last piglet litter of the spring/summer. The dust is cleared from the air and the intense irrigation shuffle is turned down a beat or two. We were able to get our last seeding of fall root crops into the ground. It's really hard to comprehend how, just as the warmth of summer arrives, we are planning and planting for the short rainy days of fall and winter. And so goes the wheel of the season, always rolling into the next....
This weather offers another reminder of just how little consistency we can count on from year to year. The melons and winter squash and field tomatoes are ripening at a tantalizing pace. We can't complain about zucchini's being slowed down though. That's a gift! We remind ourselves 'all in due time'. It'll be more than worth the wait.
I recently heard a quote from Rosalinda Guillen: “The ultimate goal is that people be able to eat goodness," referring to food that is healthy for the people who grow, harvest, and eat it, as well as for their communities and for the planet as a whole. “Your plate of food in front of you is a reflection of what’s going on in your community.”
This is our community. You are part of the farm family. You care about the planet. You care about land and water and soil and bugs. You care about us and the people who work for us. You recognize how interconnected we all are; that your health is our health and the health of the soil and water and the land that nourishes us.
Sarah + Conner