Welcome to our 16th week of the 2014 Season
In Farm News this week, Farmer John talks up his Mom
Our potatoes are yielding very well this year. Some of you might not use all the potatoes as you receive them, but they should store well, especially with the dirt and mud clinging to them. This coating helps them to store better. I don’t like giving out potatoes that are so dirty, and we have a fairly efficient system for washing them, but what’s the point of washing the potatoes and dramatically reducing their shelf life?
The rain laid waste to most of our fall carrots, turning them into orange mush. They simply couldn’t handle the constant moisture in the soil. It was the nicest looking field of carrots we’ve ever raised, and I thought we would have about 10 pounds of fall carrots for each shareholder; we’ll have maybe 3 pounds per shareholder. This happened one other time in our 25 years as a CSA. As I’ve mentioned previously, the wet weather has hurt several other crops, such as the basil, the chard, and a lot of the bib lettuce, which traps the moisture inside its folded leaves.
We are now bringing in bins and bins of winter squash, potatoes, and beets, getting crops into storage before the freezing, rainy upcoming weeks of fall. We still have some peppers and eggplant on the vines; we’ll let them develop right up until we get a threatening frost forecast.
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If you want to farm…
Check out the documentary film about Angelic Organics and Farmer John. Even though it’s cinema, it’s a bit of a reality check: www.angelicorganics.com/film, available on Netflix and Amazon. Even if you don’t fall in love with farming, it will make you fall in love with my mom. Released in 2005, the comments still come in from viewers, and we still get requests for screenings. I just received the following messages:
…I figured it was time to revisit your movie. Dude, so much hit home! The black dirt, my grandad taking me for rides on the equipment, the strange urge to eat the dirt. I absolutely loved your mother and her optimism and energy! It made me wish the 80’s had not chewed up my grandad’s farm before I had a chance to pitch in.
Thank you for all of your sharing.
“I just finished watching the film ‘The Real Dirt on Farmer John’. It was touching and heartwarming and I was so happy when I looked it up on the internet and found you are still farming organically. I’m in British Columbia, and we also see beautiful farmland being given over to developments. But your story gives me hope. Thanks.”
Farmer John’s Mom, Anna
A plumber came out to the farm a couple of years ago. As we were walking across the farmyard to investigate a hydrant, he said, “I had your mom for a teacher in 3rd grade. That’s 55 years ago. I still carry your mom in my heart every day.” Although she passed away 16 years ago, many people still talk lovingly about my mom. You get a strong sense of her if you watch the film “The Real Dirt on Farmer John.” And here’s a farm newsletter story I wrote about her in the mid-90’s, “Too Old for That.” http://tinyurl.com/angelicorganics-too-old . (I’ll note here that the neighbor I mention in the story, who had his own formula for longevity, is the father of Margaret Nelson, who works in the farm office. The shared memory of her father is a strong bond between Margaret and me.)
Our U-Pick Garden has a few flowers now.
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Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
A Pie Pumpkin
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Farmer John and the Angelic Organics Farm Team