The peaches in your share this week need to be placed on the windowsill for a day or two to soften before you enjoy them. But as they sit there, they afford you some time to contemplate their loveliness and complexity.
The Hickories is home to the only USDA certified organic peach orchard in Connecticut. This may be because they are small and a little funny lookin'. It may be because the yield in dollars per tree of an organic peach tree is still lower than its chemically grown counterparts. It may be that consumers are not yet willing to pay extra, which in turn, means research dollars are not available to develop the strategies necessary to enhance sustainable orchard growing. The wheel of fortune and blame spins around and around in our food system, but it is critical to me that you understand how much your support for these little fruits means in the broader context of the agricultural community.
By purchasing a CSA share at The Hickories you are voting for a food system that is free of synthetic chemicals and this means supporting small family farms and new farmers who are "the change we want to see in the world." And believe me, other farmers take notice. You are proving to conventional growers who are contemplating organic practices that there ARE people who care, that you can take a risk or two, and your customers will be there for you. As you take one of these funny looking' little peaches off your windowsill each morning, you are holding the future in your hands. You are a part of something innovative and something to be proud of, and we are deeply grateful to you for that.
In this week's share:
- salad greens
- peaches (this week and/or next as they ripen.)
Also, mark your calendars for a tentative Hickories potato harvest gathering next Friday, August 11th. We had great time harvesting garlic last Friday - many hands truly make short work: we harvest and hung 1500 heads of garlic in an hour and a half! If the potatoes are ready to dig, we are going to have a harvest caldron for boiling up fresh spuds, corn, etc. as a treat for any of you who can join us for the "big dig." I write tentative, because it is up to the potatoes to come ready by next Friday, and potatoes are notoriously late to the party - so we will keep you posted.
All the best,