June 28, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Red Onions, Apricots, Summer Squash, corn, Cherry Tomatoes, chard and Potatoes
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Apricots, Peaches & Plums
This Week on the
We have almost reached the end of June. If you can believe it, the summer is beginning to wind down in some respects, and thoughts of planning for winter production are beginning to crowd their way into an already filled up mind. Things like getting the greenhouse ready cleaned and ventilated for midsummer, hottest of hot days of July, planting of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and who knows what else. It is an amazing flip to do in June, to recognize that the last days for planting of summer crops are approaching and the winter crops must go in to be ready in late September. But I am constantly becoming more versed in the intricacies of constant production, and it is a good thing, because as I learn them, they change. My Dad had a favorite saying: “There is nothing so\
constant as change”. As I change, the world changes around me.
The wealth of summer produce is on its way. Green and long beans, lemon and slicing cucumbers, peaches, tomatoes, peppers of all kinds, tomatillos, all those iconic summer fruits and vegetables are soon to be testing our will to continue to pick. It is a wonderful time to sit down at the table at the end of a long day and see that much of what is on the table comes from a few feet away. I feel richer, truly wealthy, as I survey what our labor has brought to us. While our grown-up children often confess to past feelings of not having had enough money, I remember noticing that our tables were always full of the most wonderful parts of the California Cuisine. The people we know and have known all our lives are the co-creators of the of the food movement that celebrates working with the natural processes to set forth the nutritious and beautiful plates of food that master chefs and homecooking magicians create every day. And to our immense enrichment, our table is set with those products and those creations whenever we wish. Truly, is there a better way to have spent a life?
That preceding thought is one of my tools for getting through overwhelming times, which is what the months of July, August and September tend to be. It is yet another tool in my survival toolbox. Considered in the “count your blessings” category it is always available, like a tried and true friend. And just to be clear, summertime on our farm requires the use of every survival tool that we have gathered over the years. You may notice that the newsletters get a little short, and I can tell you it is not because we suddenly don’t want to communicate or that the urge to create on the page is dried up. Rest assured that it is not anything you have done, it is all about us. Wow, does life get busy.
Yesterday, our daughter Alison came up to the office, bursting with the sudden realization of the precarious nature of life as a small family farm. It was a small thing really, but indicative of the larger issue. It turns out that a large flower farm on the coast was willing to provide beautiful flowers at a lower price than we could afford to our local outlets, lessening our orders to a sudden halt. With all the stress of the day, the heat, the hours of relative solitude and the thoughts that prey on all of us, it became a momentarily disconcerting statement of an irreversible, well-known trend toward the demise of the small farm. But, over a short period of time, she assimilated the thought and somewhere found the energy and will to move forward with the rest of the day, and up again this morning. I thought it must have felt like a gut blow, to have the sudden up close and personal realization that something you love and are invested in is not indestructible. As she worked through it, Annie and I couldn’t help but be aware of the similar realizations to come, and the years of these same realizations that have brought us to the faith in the strength of the community of supporters and all the forces at work that have meant life for Good Humus Produce. I hope that as all of our children make their way through life; they are able to have the experience of passing through, traveling beyond and gaining personal strength from those moments of anguish. ~Jeff