TapRoot Farms - Week 23 - Sept 4 - 9
(newsletter prepared by Tim)
(Note from me, Patricia - if you are interested in joining in a tomatoe canning session, please email or facebook so I have an idea of how many people are interested - then I will coordinate a date and time. And NOW is the time to purchase 20lb boxes of tomatoes for canning or freezing. Tomatoes freeze very easily - rinse and freeze whole and then pop them into your dishes throughout the winter - thinking of you all!.)
Three weeks ago I joined the TapRoot team. In that very short time I have learned a lot, particularly that there is so much I still don’t know.
Life on a farm is very different from life near a farm. I grew up surrounded by agriculture. I played on hay bales, stole vegetables, frightened (and have been frightened by) livestock and fought thorns for blackberries. But I had no appreciation for the value in the food, or the work it took to produce it.
I have been friends with Josh since childhood, and have known Trish for over seventeen years. They have given me an opportunity to experience the busiest time of year on a farm, and the seasons beyond. I jumped at the chance to try something new for myself, and although I am still not wise on the ways of farm life, I learn new things every day.
Here are some things I already know for sure:
Hornets love cherries, and not me.
A ripe Brandywine tomato can not be dropped from any significant height.
While physically fit, I lack strength.
It takes a lot of basil picking to make 20 pounds!
Small apples are just as delicious as bigger ones.
Chickens love zucchini.
Rain is both friend and foe.
Your share boxes this week are full of amazing food. This novice used the cilantro to make salsa, for the first time ever! Shareholders I spoke to were looking forward to tomatoes and beans as healthy recess snacks, firing up a wok, and watermelon for dessert.
Be sure to refer to the weekly list of your share contents. If you are ever in the neighbourhood, a visit to the farm would be well worth your time. Take a walk, ask us questions, and enjoy the change from this season to the next.