Great Song Farm Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 7
Sixth CSA Distribution
Week of July 17th
Tuesday Pickup July 19th 4 - 7pm

Saturday Pickup July 23rd 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Egg Week!
This Week's Selection
Cabbage, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard,Dandelion Greens, Arugula, Mustard Mix, Parsley, Broccoli, Basil, Tulsi/Holy Basil, Thai Basil, Scallions, Beets
From the Farmers
Greetings Friends and Neighbors!

Rain?!? Is it really raining?!? Well, we've received a small sprinkling up here which we're hoping is just the beginning as the rain will help the many many small transplants of basil, fennel, kale, collard, broccoli, cabbage, and more get settled in. We have set up the drip irrigation to water some of the transplants and to help the fall carrots germinate and thus far it has been doing its job well as the past week has been bright and sunny. It is incredible to think of the volume of water needed to bring just half an inch (1/2”) of moisture to the vegetable fields (over the area that we currently have planted: 18,736 gallons!) We would ideally receive ~1” of rain (twice the above stated amount) in a gentle storm spread throughout a Saturday night, but we take what we can get. Maybe when the technology the government has to alter the weather trickles down to the farming community...
We are having some high tech difficulties around here lately though: one of the many legs that help us with our field work is out of commission. Kate, our Suffolk mare, has a little gimp as she's favoring her right front limb, which, in equine terminology, classifies her as lame. We're getting her some gentle exercise to keep her from stiffening up and stretching her limb a bit and being extra nice in hopes that she recovers quickly and fully. Keep her in your thoughts.
Some highly specialized residents of the farm are holding an event at the end of the month. More specifically, the 4th annual Beekeepers Association of Northern Dutchess (B.A.N.D) Potluck field day is coming up on Saturday, July 30th beginning at 1 pm. Sam Comfort and the bees and other beekeepers will be present to share some food and check out the hives here. Come on by. This is a BYOV (bring your own veil) event, though the bees here are very friendly. Check out Sam's website for some bee inspiration:
Here's a little note from Sam:
Welcome to the House that Bees Built
The End of Time
What is happening? Apart from global warming, apart from a weak dollar and high oil prices, apart from our energy, food, water, economic, and personal crises, why are we so grumpy? Where is the connection that sustains our life force? Are we losing our ability to live in peace with ourselves and care for living things? Well, ask not what your paradigm can do for you- nobody out there has your solution. The generations now seem like separations. Nothing out there is going to change until we change ourselves. What we have brought the Honey Bees to bear is an ecological problem. An ecological problem is a social problem. Estranged, packed-in but alone, we have allowed fear and mistrust to govern our freedom.
Working with Bees is all about overcoming fear. The Hive is love incarnate. The Hive is the window to our new world. It takes patience and emotional energy to dismantle power dynamics Ð more awkward than a newborn goat. We are rediscovering what it means to live in peace with the insects, the landscape, and each other, outside of the corporate scheme. They got the bombs but Bees got the numbers. Join together!
This brings me to some thoughts and feelings I had originally wanted to bring to this newsletter before I got sidetracked by the rain (or lack thereof) and our lame horse. They are partially spurred out of the poem that ended the newsletter last week, the rest just one more mysterious manifestation of the universe at large as it has shown itself to me as of late (and apparently our friends the bees). I wonder about how much (or little) we dedicate ourselves to furthering and fostering our relationships, one of the most dear, life sustaining, joy bringing yet often difficult and frustrating experiences. Not just our human relationships. How do we meet the world? How does this contrast with how we would like to meet the world, the qualities we'd like our relationships to hold? When we wake up in the morning, and lay our head down at night, and when that jerk just has to get ahead and cuts you off while driving, when all those 'bad' insects descend upon your vegetable patch you've been working diligently with all year, when you end up at the doctors more often in one week than you've been in years combined, and when a friend comes by at just the right time to lend a hand, what is the world trying to tell you? What is your friend/spouse/partner/child/dog/cat/houseplant telling you? What is the quality of your listening? How do you respond to what falls in your lap? Don't say you didn't ask for it. Let us be patient, let us work together, let us rediscover ourselves. Let us overcome our fear and doubt and mistrust and become vulnerable and open so that whatever is put in front of us can be held tight and taken on properly. Let us forgive, ourselves and our companions, let us take our responsibilities seriously, let us allow each other proper freedom to be ourselves, let us enjoy each others' company.
Bearing a load of sunshine, hoping for some dark clouds overhead
Anthony and Jen

Preparatory reminders for CSA Distribution at Great Song Farm

Please remember bags to carry your produce home as well as small bags
for small loose greens (arugula, mustard mix, lettuce mix).  The bags
we provide are strong enough to be reused several times and it pains
me to watch so many plastic bags go out the door and end up who knows
where.  A simple habit to get into!  If there is interest we could
bulk order organic cotton greens bags to keep them well in the fridge
and move away from plastic altogether.
Check out the film Bag It, a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. I was screened last week in the area and might be around otherwise, keep your eyes open
Don't forget to sign up and put down a deposit for Great Song Farm
pastured roasting
chickens, ready August 7th.  $5.50/lb, 3-4 lbs per
bird. The little birds have 3 more weeks and we still have some available, let your friends know.

Please check the large blackboard standing against the stable when you
arrive.  There are many important notes on it that we sometimes don't
have a chance to pass onto everyone.  We don't want you to miss an
opportunity to pick some cherry tomatoes, or take some extra kale.

The egg shares are in the fridge in our kitchen area with a check in sheet
on the refrigerator door.

Please enter and exit the driveway slowly as it is only wide enough
for one car. Watch for folks walking and the undulations of the
parking area.

 When parking, be aware of the large rocks at the entrance of the
driveway and please do not drive where the grass is not short as there
are outcroppings and rocks lurking.

If you will not be coming on your regularly scheduled pick up day,
please let us know, even if you will not be switching days so we know
how much to harvest and whether or not to expect you.
Beets! (and zucchini and squash) (cooking advice!)
We have lots of little beets to share with you, a delicacy like no other. Trim the greens, boil a short while until you can pierce them easily (but not too easily, don't overcook), run under cold water shortly and peel the skins away; top with butter and a bit of dill if you'd like. There's now a small puddle of saliva on my keyboard that is making placing spaces between words difficult. Enjoy the beets. Even if you don't think you like beets. This is simply unfathomable to me. Everyone is excited about the sweet corn coming in (no, we won't have any). I give you beets! We'll even start getting into the longer cylindrical shaped beets, so you can grasp it with two hands like a very small cob of corn and roll it in butter. You'll also have a good story to tell when someone asks what happened to you hands (and the butter).
Zucchini and Summer Squash are a funny vegetable to a farmer, as they often conjure up nightmares of sorts of their unwieldy abundance. They can also be a little lacking in taste sometimes as well. Thus far I have been impressed by our selection, and have been holding myself back so you might get a chance to delight in them. I've come to enjoy quartering them and steaming them gently until they are cooked just a little bit. They get topped with olive oil, garlic, and fresh chopped basil. Lots of fun shapes and colors and sizes, let us know what your favorite is, whether it be the plain straight greens, the warty curvy yellows, or the striped and ridged so we can plant more next year.

A Little Something Else
We must eradicate from the
Soul all fear and terror of
What comes toward us
Out of the future. We must
Acquire serenity in all feelings
And sensations about the future.
We must look forward with
Absolute equanimity to everything
That may come. And
We must think only that
Whatever comes is given
To us by a world-directive
Full of wisdom.
It is part of what we must
Learn in this age, namely,
To live out of pure trust,
Without any security in
Existence. Trust in the ever
Present help of the Spiritual World.
Truly, nothing else will do if
Our courage is not to fail us.
And let us seek the awakening
From within ourselves, every
Morning and Evening.

-Rudolf Steiner