Great Song Farm Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 22
CSA Week 21, week of October 30th
Tuesday Pickup is on WEDNESDAY November 2nd 4 - 7pm
Saturday Pickup November 5th 1:30 – 4:30 pm


This Week's Selection
Escarole, Endive, Kohlrabi, Salad Radishes, Daikon Radish, Red and Green Cabbage, Young Mustard and Salad Greens, Carrots, Salad Turnips, Purple Top Turnips, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Parsley, Culinary Herbs, Sweet Peppers

From the FarmersDear Friends,
I hope the snow has found you well and has not interrupted your halloween plans.  It was a bit of a surprise to us here, especially the way it piled up so quickly.  Everything is sitting well though; the vegetables left in the field have finally had their frost to sweeten them up a bit, and the snow is melting quick enough that a WEDNESDAY CSA harvest and pickup will be no trouble.  All the vegetables, save the sweet peppers (which we harvested and will be giving out the next 2 weeks), are doing well, though they're not growing much under the snow.  The rest of the week looks to be sunny and beautiful thankfully, and we're hoping to get back outside and get a bit of field work done and the plastic back on our greenhouse!  We've got 2 more weeks left of CSA season and there is still plenty to go around, so come on out!

The last couple weeks we've been preparing some ground for planting garlic.  You probably won't believe this, but it's virtually rock free.  We've planted around three thousand cloves of garlic that will mature into three thousand heads for next years CSA as well as a bit to plant.  Purchasing garlic seed is quite expensive (we've planted around 70 pounds and we've got quite a deal on the seed garlic @ $8/lb)  but it is one crop that is easy to save the seed for if you keep it healthy and free of disease.  We also have to purchase or otherwise secure mulch(we're using leaves) to keep it covered over the winter, as it will sprout up just a little bit this fall and be ready to spring right up once the weather warms next year.  It is the same family as the lily if you can imagine it!  Just like planting a daffodil in hopes that you'll have a little sunshine come spring.

We're also receiving a lot of questions regarding signing up for next season.  To keep it simple and brief, we appreciate it if you can return your forms as soon as you can, but really there is no rush.  If you'd like to work something out other than what is available on the form, just talk to one of us, whether it be payments or price or share sizes.  It is very encouraging as we start to look towards winter knowing that we have a bit of support behind us.  We of course would like to know how the season has been for you whether or not you'll be signing up for another year and will try to get a survey together for next week or perhaps via email.  You're always welcome to just let us know as well, good or bad, if you'd like.

As far as the vegetables are concerned, we'll have some brussel sprouts that have been growing slowly all season for the last pickups next week as well as some beets perhaps and a little spinach, both of which have been strangely elusive this growing season.  It's high on our list next year though!  More beets, and spinach, lettuce every week, carrots, winter squash, a plan to grow a plethora of cucumbers and zucchini is emerging slowly, and even more rutabegas and kohlrabi, both of which have been surprisingly popular.  I hope that you've enjoyed our cabbages which have been present every week except perhaps the first!  I know I do!  How could anyone not like cabbage?  Cabbage for every meal I say!  We have enough cabbages that we'll be able to eat one every day the entire winter.  Now that's something to look forward to!  Thanks for sharing this season with us, we're looking forward to many more.

In praise of that king of vegetables, cabbage,
-Anthony, Lisa, and Jen


Watering the Horse

How strange to think of giving up all ambition!
Suddenly I see with such clear eyes
The white flake of snow
That has just fallen in the horse’s mane!

Robert Bly

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.



Shoveling Snow with Buddha

In the usual iconography of the temple or the local Wok
you would never see him doing such a thing,
tossing the dry snow over the mountain
of his bare, round shoulder,
his hair tied in a knot,
a model of concentration.
Sitting is more his speed, if that is the word
for what he does, or does not do.
Even the season is wrong for him.
In all his manifestations, is it not warm and slightly humid?
Is this not implied by his serene expression,
that smile so wide it wraps itself around the waist of the universe?

But here we are, working our way down the driveway,
one shovelful at a time.
We toss the light powder into the clear air.
We feel the cold mist on our faces.
And with every heave we disappear
and become lost to each other
in these sudden clouds of our own making,
these fountain-bursts of snow.

This is so much better than a sermon in church,
I say out loud, but Buddha keeps on shoveling.
This is the true religion, the religion of snow,
and sunlight and winter geese barking in the sky,
I say, but he is too busy to hear me.

He has thrown himself into shoveling snow
as if it were the purpose of existence,
as if the sign of a perfect life were a clear driveway
you could back the car down easily
and drive off into the vanities of the world
with a broken heater fan and a song on the radio.

All morning long we work side by side,
me with my commentary
and he inside the generous pocket of his silence,
until the hour is nearly noon
and the snow is piled high all around us;
then, I hear him speak.

After this, he asks,
can we go inside and play cards?

Certainly, I reply, and I will heat some milk
and bring cups of hot chocolate to the table
while you shuffle the deck,
and our boots stand dripping by the door.

Aaah, says the Buddha, lifting his eyes
and leaning for a moment on his shovel
before he drives the thin blade again
deep into the glittering white snow.

Billy Collins

A recipe for the huge prehistoric 'vegetables' in the corner called kohlrabi.

Yes, they're quite strange looking and somewhat intimidating, but they're surprisingly delicious whether simply sliced, salted,  and eaten, crunchy and sweet, or roasted like a root vegetable, or made into a soup, or...

Kohlrabi and Carrots1 medium kohlrabi, Peeled, chopped into 3/4-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
4 large carrots, cut into chunks to match the size of the kohlrabi
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
salt and pepper
Cover the Kohlrabi and carrots with lightly salted water and boil until quite tender (about 15-20 minutes).
Drain.
Lightly mash, leave a lot of texture don't try to make them smooth like mashed potatoes.
Add nutmeg and butter.

Kohlrabi Slaw3 medium kohlrabi, peeled, stems trimmed off, grated
1/3 purple cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, grated
1/2 red onion, grated
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cider vinegar
4 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/4 cup mayonnaise (or more, if you prefer
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Chill for several hours before serving.

 
A little something else
The Law That Marries All Things

1.
The cloud is free only
to go with the wind.
The rain is free only
in falling.
The water is free only
in its gathering together,
in its downward courses,
in its rising into air.
2.
In law is rest
if you love the law,
if you enter, singing, into it
as water in its descent.
3.
Or song is truest law,
and you must enter singing;
it has no other entrance.
It is the great chorus
of parts. The only outlawry
is in division.
4.
Whatever is singing
is found, awaiting the return
of whatever is lost.
5.
Meet us in the air
over the water,
sing the swallows
Meet me, meet me,
the redbird sings,
here here here here.

Wendell Berry