Great Song Farm Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 13 Week of August 29, 2011

Great Song Farm Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 13
CSA Week 12, week of August 29th
Tuesday Pickup August 30th  4 - 7pm

Saturday Pickup September 3rd 1:30 – 4:30 pm

This Week's Selection
Cabbage, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Collards, Kale, Swiss
Chard,Dandelion Greens, Parsley, Basil, Tulsi/Holy Basil, Thai Basil,
Tomatoes, Beets, Carrots, Mustards, Arugula, Lettuce
PYO: green beans, cherry tomatoes, flowers, sunflowers
Maybe: Melons, Eggplants, Sweet Peppers
From the Farmers
Dear Friends,
Did you make it?  Here at the farm, not too much was washed out with
the storm.  Waters rose, creating a river down Milan Hill Rd, washing
out the neighbor's driveway, and creeping towards Larry and Betti's
house, the garden, and the cows out on pasture.  But the most the
overflowing creek took out was a corner of the electric fence, the
house never flooded, and the cows remained contentedly grazing, even
with wet feet.  Many tomato stakes were knocked over, perhaps a
combination of saturated ground no longer able to hold up the
tomatoes' weight and that incredible wind.  Besides sinking into the
mud a bit in the morning, I foresee no difficulties or set-backs with
tomorrow morning's harvest, except that Anthony will be a bit late
joining us in the morning - he's stuck in the Catskills, surrounded by
flooded out towns and roads!
My brother is visiting from Chicago; here's a note and a little
something else from him - I hope that Irene wasn't so bad for all the
rest of you as well.

How important is your food?
To my sister, it’s everything. She wakes up before dawn every day to
travel to her farm. There she uses her energy to create food every
day—plowing, planting, harvesting, selling, pruning,
maintaining—before she comes back to her own home. At home, most of
her free time revolves around food—preparing, cooking, canning,
discussing, researching, and of course eating.
As someone who lives in a large city, I don’t have the same kind of
connection my sister has with her food. I also don’t necessarily spend
as much time as her considering its importance in my life. In Chicago
I don’t know who grew my vegetables or slaughtered my chickens. For a
few days up here however, I do. And despite how immaterial that may
seem, it makes all the difference in the world. My sister and Anthony
have created something truly special with their farm. Where once there
was nothing, now there are not only fruits and vegetables but also
this growing community of helpers, customers, and friends. A very
simple passion for food grown the right way has managed to bring you
all together in some way. I feel very blessed to be able to briefly
share this passion with her and with all of you I got to meet during
my visit here.
As a parting note I leave you with a Great Song Haiku written
especially for this weekend:
No breaks on a farm
Well except for hurricanes
Irene ain’t so bad.

To those of you I got to meet this week, thank you!
Jon Carson

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.
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.

What is yellow and green and grows every day? (cooking advice!)


4 cups sliced summer squash and zucchini
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 buttery round crackers, crushed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place squash and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in a
small amount of water. Cover, and cook until squash is tender, about 5
minutes. Drain well, and place in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, mix together cracker crumbs and cheese. Stir half of
the cracker mixture into the cooked squash and onions. In a small
bowl, mix together eggs and milk, then add to squash mixture. Stir in
1/4 cup melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Spread into a
9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cracker mixture, and
dot with 2 tablespoons butter.Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes,
or until lightly browned.

Excerpt from The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking."

And he said:

Would that you could live on the fragerance of the earth, and like an
air plant be sustained by the light.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its mother's milk
to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship,

And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent
of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still
more innocent in many.

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,

"By the same power that slays you, I to am slain; and I too shall be
consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me
into a mightier hand.

Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven."

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,

"Your seeds shall live in my body,

And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,

And your fragrance shall be my breath,

And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons."

And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyard for the
winepress, say in you heart,

"I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress,

And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels."

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a
song for each cup;

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and
for the vineyard, and for the winepress.