Now that we are experiencing our longest days of the year, the work stops only to eat and sleep. Time becomes twisted, and it is hard to tell yesterday from the day before. And that is just the way that I like it.
Working in hay has to be done in the hottest days of June, in fact the hotter it is, the better. We start as soon as the morning dew has dried, and we don't let up until the evening dew has returned. Hundreds of acres have been mowed, tethered, raked, and baled. In the picture above you can see the long windrows of hay after being raked. What you don't see is Thomas, who is actually just over the crest of the hill driving over those rows, rolling them into bales.
Raking hay into the summer night.
The cows seem to be taking an obvious objection to the heat this week. They have started limiting there time in the sun to only brief periods of making the short trek from the shade trees to the water trough. Grazing is reserved for the somewhat cool mornings, and rather pleasant evenings. The rest of the time is spent, well, happily napping...lucky cows!
However, the bulls don't particularly care for the heat. They become quite cantankerous, constantly fighting over their girls. The astounding strength displayed in these sparring matches make me wonder who ever thought running from these creatures through a city street was a good idea?
You never know what you may find in the field while working in hay. Last week it was a 4ft black snake, and this week a pair of Eastern Wild Turkey eggs. We relocated them to our chicken coop in hopes that a broody hen will decide to hatch them out for us.
Lastly, an update for our CSA members. The first day of baskets will be Wednesday, June 26th!! It has been a long wait, but after sampling some of the vegetables this weekend for dinner, I am certain the first harvest is ready. We will have:
It will be a very short wait for the bulk of summer produce. Summer squash, cucumbers, and potatoes have all bloomed. Flowers are budding up, tomatoes are breaking color, and the soil is cracking beneath the onions. Life in the kitchen is about to be wonderful! As a service to our members I have started working on a "Now Harvesting" & "Farmhouse Recipes" page. Some members enjoy the surprise of finding new produce in their basket each week, and yet others want to plan their weekly menu ahead of time. The "Now Harvesting" page will have everything you can expect in your basket that week. Another area I am attempting to address is helping members find ways to use their produce. I have many recipes that are not only my favorites, but that have also helped convert several picky eaters. Picky eaters that were once adamant about not liking a particular vegetable, and now ask for it every time they visit. Look for these over the next week or two.
Freshly harvested collard greens and leeks.
Some members still have not completed their preferences. Remember we do not know where to deliver, or when to have your basket ready without this information. I will send another reminder email to those who have yet to complete it.
Thank you to everyone for your patience, and we look forward to finally meeting everyone this week!