Say what we will about this wet and chilly season, the slog of harvesting in sideways sheets of rain, fighting erosion, and soggy tractor seats... but it's a banner firefly year in our pastures.
As I walk the farm doing evening checks on livestock and double-checks on closed gates and latched barn doors, rising rivulets of light make for a real-life fairytale out here. I was telling my niece tonight about Tinkerbell - "every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." It got us talking about how important it is to believe in things we can not necessarily see or hear, how much communication is happening all around us in Nature, and how little of it we can understand, especially if most of the time we are too busy to listen or forget to keep believing. Tonight, as we sat on the porch watching thousands of fireflies rise into the twilight, I was drawn back to a childhood time in which no one could have convinced me to stop believing in fairies. Tinkerbells may have faded from view, but this farm conjures up a daily practice of wonderment for which I am deeply grateful.
In this week's CSA share:
- zucchini or summer squash/cucumber
- swiss chard
- herb (select one)
- Pick Your Own blueberries
A few quick reminders:
Floral Workshop this evening: Tonight's floral workshop is sold out, but the next is August 13th (floral headdresses and crowns) and there is still room to sign up (click here.)
Pork shares are available: purchase a half-share and the farmers here can walk you through the process to ensure you get the cuts you want from our USDA butcher next week. Supporting humanely raised, pastured livestock is an essential part of what makes our farm productive. These pigs have done amazing service in our orchards and on the farm "frontier." To reserve your share, click here.
All the best,