Week 22 2012

Volume II, Issue 23
CSA week 22, for the week of October 27th

Last Regular Season CSA Pickup

This Week’s Selection

Potatoes, Lettuce, Bok Choi, Tat Soi, Cabbage, Turnips, Daikon Radish and other large radish, 
Salad Radish, Hon Tsai Tai, Kale, Swiss Chard, Garlic, Onions, Shallots, Leeks, Parsley, Winter Squash

From the Farmers

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here we are, end of the line.  We have been looking back over our summer and forward to next year 
for what seems like months, but here is the breaking point.  The bright yellow and orange and red leaves 
are filling the yard, the trees more bare each hour.  The mice and rats have moved in, and despite all the 
lady beetles hatching it seems like fall is here.  Our final regular season vegetable pickups are this week,
 which means I won't have the opportunity of seeing some of your smiling faces every week for many months,
 though I do hope to see you around. Many of you (many more than I would have guessed) are interested in our 
winter CSA, which is great!  We still have many crops to pull in from the fields and store in our root cellar 
including radish, turnips, celeriac, cabbages, and hopefully some rutabaga.  And believe it or not, as we bid 
farewell to this season we have already begun planting for next!  This past week we planted our garlic crop 
for next season to let it put down some roots so it's ready to spring up early next year.

We are now accepting commitments from folks for next season.  When you come by for pickup, if you are
 interested in participating next year, please fill out a commitment form to let us know!  Even if you can't 
or won't put down a small deposit to carry us into the new year, your moral support is tremendous and it 
means I don't have to call or email you next spring or worry that I need to seriously market the farm to bring 
in new CSA members. Tell all your friends too!  Word of mouth is where most folks find out about us, and we'd 
love to have your friends as part of the farm.

We'd also love to know what you've thought of the season.  We have paper surveys for you to fill out at pickup 
or if you'd prefer here is the web link:

We are also giving cows yet another try!  This Saturday 2 heifers and a young bull will be arriving on the farm.  
The heifers are bred to have calves next spring and provide us with milk for all the butter and yogurt we eat, 
and the bull will make sure they will do the same the next year.  They have fellow bovines this time around and we're 
securing our corral so we won't have another disappearing act on our hands.

We're also looking for an apprentice to join me for next season, April through November.  If you know of anyone 
interested, please send them my way.

Lastly, to add to this time of transition, I would like express great gratitude to Lisa for all the good work and care she has 
brought to this farm as she heads out next week.  Lisa has kept more things together around here than I can begin to imagine! 
 We've done well to make it through this year without many wounds, and have even begun to heal some.  As you eat your winter 
roots, taste the vegetables next season from the ground she has helped cultivate and amend, or know what you are about to
 take home thanks to her signage, keep her in mind.  Thank you Lisa for being a part of Great Song Farm.

And Thank you all for helping to make this year as wonderful as it has been. It is truly special to share this farm and this food 
as we do, to see each other weekly, to know firsthand the soil and the hands and the hooves and the mouths, the great minds
 and hearts and voices, all these small quiet inspirations whispering in the dark, holding together and taking small steps into a 
common future.  Thanks for the warmth and understanding, the joys and small disappointments, the surprises and the constancy. 
Thanks for feeling comfortable to be you with us.

In the grace of community
-Anthony and Lisa

Winter CSA

I know I have told many of you I would be sending out more details soon, but those details are still not as firm as I'd like.  
I hope you don't mind.  Just know there will be many dirty roots for you to choose from, more of some than others, for at least
 a few months, and our first distribution will be Saturday, November 3rd.  We will have food for all that are interested, so please
 don't be shy!  I am working with Jen Carson and Jon Ronsani who farm at Lineage farm and Ashley from Sparrowbush who 
provides our eggs to secure more vegetables to carry us through the winter and round out some of our small deficiencies.  
Both farms are well managed and cared for to organic standards and good friends as well, so know that we will be 
supplementing our vegetables with like or better quality.

A warming and colorful fall supper

I'll make you all Hon Tsai Tai lovers yet!  This asian green, a cousin of broccoli raab, is loving this cool fall weather and 
is tender and flavorful. Along with a roasted winter squash, you have a simple, delicious, and nourishing meal.

Cut your butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  Place face down on an oiled baking sheet and roast in the oven
 at 400 degrees for 45 minutes of so until it is tender.  Steam a few handfuls of Hon Tsai Tai with a little salt until the 
stems become tender; remove from heat.  A little olive oil on the Hon Tsai Tai, some butter for the squash, serve with 
you favorite grain.

A Little Something Else...

 Then said a rich man, speak to us of Giving.

 And he answered:
 You give but little when you give of your possessions.

 It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

 For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?
 And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow  bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the 
        pilgrims to the holy city?
 And what is fear of need but need itself?
        Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?

 There are those who give little of the much which they have – and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire
        makes their gifts unwholesome.
 And there are those who have little and give it all.
 There are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.
 There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
 And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.
 And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with the mindfulness of virtue;
 They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.
 Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes he smiles upon the earth.

 It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding;
 And to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
 And is there aught you would withhold?
 All you have shall someday be given;
 Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.

 You often say, “I would give, but only to the deserving.”
 The trees in your orchard may not say so, nor the flocks in your pasture.
 They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.
 Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and his nights, is worthy of all else from you.
 And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.
 And what desert greater shall there be, than that which lies in the courage and the confidence, nay the charity, of receiving?
 And who are you that men should rend their bosom and unveil their pride, that you may see their worth naked and their
        pride unabashed?
 See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving.
 For in truth it is life that gives unto life – while you, who deem yourself a giver, as but a witness.

 And you receivers – and you are all receivers – assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and 
        upon him who gives.
 Rather rise together with the giver on his gifts as if on wings.
 For to be overmindful of your debt, it to doubt his generosity who has the freehearted earth for mother, and God for father.

        excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran