Great Song Farm Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 17
CSA Week 16, week of September 26th
Tuesday Pickup September 27th 4 - 7pm

Saturday Pickup October 1st 1:30 – 4:30 pm

This Week's Selection
Pac Choi, Leeks, Potatoes, Daikon Radish, Winter Squash, Tomatoes, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Parsley, Cilantro,  Culinary Herbs, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Mustard Mix
PYO: Cherry Tomatoes, Flowers
Apples and Pears from Threshold Farm
From the Farmers
Dear Friends,
It seems that it has been a while, but here we are on a sunny Monday morning, no downpour in sight, planning our week and working in the now-dry-enough to work fields.  The horses, muscles stretched from nightly exercise pulling the riding plow around the farm (plow share out of the soil), have just completed harrowing two parts of the field now reserved for our October garlic planting, and next spring’s patch of peas.  The oxen are working out daily, readying for the rock party – October 22nd Save the Date! – by dragging the stone boat back and forth open patches of this year’s vegetable field, moving sizable rocks to a slowly growing pile outside the deer fence. 
Quite often, these days, we hear a growing refrain, two questions that seem to be buzzing in the minds of members and visitors alike – “Will you be here next year?” and “When do you think this season will be over?” 
To answer the second question first, we have no foreseeable need not to fulfill our side of the bargain with a full 22 week CSA season, with the final distribution days being Tuesday November 8th and Saturday November 12th.  While the tomatoes won’t be hanging around that long, we have quite the array of radishes, carrots, beets, bok choy, spinach, brussel sprouts, and more to fill their spot on the table.  So keep your CSA pick-up days on your calendars, we’ve still got seven weeks of bountiful baskets to fill! 
However, not all farms have been so fortunate.  If you wish to supplement your support of Great Song Farm in the coming week, head over to Shoving Leopard Farm, on the Rokeby estate off of River Road, just north of Poet’s Walk.  Due to the overwhelming odds of drought, flood, pests and problems, Marina is closing her CSA season early.  However, she has excess vegetables available now on her farm-stand, market style, and she just opened it up for non-members as well.  She also has eggs from her pastured flock of lovely ladies, and local honey from Anarchy Apiaries.  Head on over there this week, and bring Marina our greetings.
As for that first pressing question, the easy answer is yes.  Yes we will be here next year, Yes we will continue to offer vegetables through our CSA, and Yes we will even be here the year after that, and the year after that…To give you the short-term picture of our long-term plans, we’ve got a 5 year land lease, a promise to Larry and Betti, to you dear members, and to ourselves, to continue in this venture of feeding our growing community.  While a few details are bound to twirl around and reveal new offerings, the basics of connecting good food and good people will remain our ballast, and our navigating principle, whatever the weather has to throw at us.
For the many years to come, and all they have to bring,
Jen and Anthony
PS  We are working with Threshold Farm (of the apples and pears) to bring you your winter store of garlic.  Bulk orders of 10 pounds or more are $6/lb.  and there are approximately 10 heads of garlic per pound.  Send us your orders; as soon as we have a total order of 10 or more pounds, we will have your garlic ready for pick up along with your weekly vegetable share.
“But works of imagination come of an impulse to transcend the limits of experience or provable knowledge in order to make a thing that is whole.  No human work can become whole by including everything, but it can become whole in another way: by accepting its formal limits and then answering within those limits all the questions it raises.”
“Is imagination merely a talent, such as a good singing voice, the ability to ‘make things up’ or ‘think things up’ or ‘get ideas’?  Or is it, like science, a way of knowing things that can be known in no other way?  We have much reason to think that it is a way of knowing things not otherwise knowable.  As the word itself suggests, it is the power to make us see, and to see, moreover, things that without it would be unseeable.  In one of its aspects it is the power by which we sympathize.  By its means we may see what it was to be Odysseus or Penelope, or David or Ruth, or what it is to be one’s neighbor or one’s enemy.  By it, we may ‘see ourselves as others see us.’  It is also the power by which we see the place, the predicament, or the story we are in.”  - Wendell Berry
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.

you windy blowhard Boss
you could peel the hoops
right off a barrel you
could leave the lonely staves
to topple over what
would be the name to call
the barrel then a used-
to-be a has-been Boos
I say it looks more changed
than broken I can see
its wooden ribs the curve
it cut into the air
so long ago it’s just
a shadow it won’t catch
a drop of rain but it’s
a wonder just the same
a barrel living long
although the hoops it wore
like collars Boss are gone
it swells me just to look
but I’m not fooled by you
you haven’t given up
your craft your vessel trade
it always comes around
to you somehow I know
your hands are always full
you barrel-making fool
you stretch yourself too thin
for your own good unless
for mine I’m collared Boss
for you to pass the task
of making hoops to me.

Maurice Manning

A Taste of Autumn (cooking advice!)

Potato Leek Soup
  • 3 large leeks, cut lengthwise, separate, clean. Use only the white and pale green parts, chop.
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)
  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Marjoram - dash
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Hot pepper, diced, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper
1 Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper in a medium sized sauce pan. Cover pan, cook on low heat for 10 minutes. Check often. Do not brown leeks! Browning will give leeks a burnt taste.
2 Add water, broth, and potatoes. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Scoop about half of the soup mixture into a blender, puree and return to pan. Add marjoram, parsley, and thyme. Add hot pepper to taste. Add some freshly ground pepper, 1-2 teaspoons salt or more to taste.
Serves 4-6.

A Little Something Else
The Man Who Lived with Joy and Pain: His Own Account
Suppose you were a farrier,
a man designed to hammer shoes

on horses’ hooves, and you were good
enough that all you had to do

was listen to a horse’s walk –
the clip is right, but the clop is off,

you’d say, a hand rung round your ear,
to tell the shoe was shoddy.  Well,

one day, this horse comes in and , sure
as you’re sitting there, the clop of the right

hoof bespeaks instead a clump,
I need another, Brother, says

the horse.  The clop’s went outta this’un.
You pull the old shoe off and rasp

the hoof to make it pretty, give
the new shoe a ping or two

until it fits.  And just before
you drive the first nail home, the horse

says, Whoa!  You’d better use the big’uns –
and turns his head to a bucket full

of railroad spikes.  You’re gonna need
a bigger hammer, friend, he snorts,

lifting the hoof like a mirror, just
the size of your face.  We must remind

ourselves how rare it is to hear
a talking horse, and rarer still

to listen, how hard it is to keep
an iron belief from swinging down.