Yesterday was a day for pie and flowers and celebration. We gathered together to share food and company. The day was sunny and tranquil. We picked flowers for our hair and fussed about what dresses to wear. Lucretia baked blueberry pie, and we stayed up past our bedtime to eat and drink and be merry in the warm August night.
We often forget to gather. At least, we forget to gather often enough. Coming together at the end of the week seems more challenging than getting the dirt out from under my fingernails. At best, it seems like a daunting task. At worst, it is impossible. Sleep calls, as does the impending feeling of tomorrow’s tasks. And it seems too much to ask for a day to add more into it.
But then, the gathering begins. Even with just one person, there is an excited anticipation of a shared experience with a friend. Pulling the family together at the dinner table, sitting down together to laugh and talk and share a part of the day.
As farmers, we are always gathering. Seeds and bits of scattered machinery. Glamorous gathering of flowers and mundane gathering of lost tomato stakes. We bring it back together from the scattered places on the farm. Our lives, too, require careful gathering. The relationships we have hang on careful webs that stretch across the country and often beyond, often drowned out by the immediate noise of everyday life.
It’s important to reunite; to reconnect after being apart. Gathering strengthens us as a community, as individuals it reminds us of the wealth of what we have. Conversations and silences are rich with shared experience, spinning and strengthening our ties with each other.
The Share This Week:
- We love to keep it simple with our tomatoes. Open faced sandwiches with good bread, mayo or cheese, and tomato are one of the deep pleasures of summer. Or simply tomato with a little pesto on top.
- Zucchini Spears are an easy use for zucchini of any size. Cut the zucchini into long spears (1/2 inch thick or less) and heat 4-5 tbsp. olive oil in a pan (generous oil in this makes the squash cook better – it absorbs relatively little of it. Once the oil is hot, drop the spears in the pan and brown on all sides. Remove from pan and sprinkle with salt!
- Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Feta cheese, and olives drizzled with olive oil, a little red wine vinegar, salt and pepper is a wonderful summer salad.
In other news…
Friday Pie Club pies this week are RASPBERRY and GREEN TOMATO! There are also tomato basil turnovers for sale. Click here to order.
Blueberries! Crystal Spring Farm hand raked blueberries will be delivered for pick up Friday Aug. 8th and Tuesday Aug. 12. Berries will be clean and ready to put in the freezer for winter muffins and smoothies. Pre-order for pick up by emailing Lucretia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Blueberries are $9/quart.