September 18, 2015

 A Week of Gathering and Savoring
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Our wonderful community showed up this week and began the enormous task of cleaning out beds, loading hundreds of butternut squash into the greenhouse for curing, digging thousands of pounds of potatoes by hand, and sowing oats for the winter cover crop.   Maeve and I wildgathered elderberries for our annual syrups, sacred basil for honey, and thyme for winter tinctures.   The apples are falling and need to be gathered, our new raspberry planting is full of fruit needing to be picked, and the high tunnel is full of greens for the fall share.     As you read this you might wonder at such abundance. However, this time of year can leave me feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by the many tasks.   I recently read this wonderful quote which gave me pause;
“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future. To be courageous is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences {…} To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.”      
As I rose this morning with a long list of chores, I thought of how lucky I am to be able to do this work, to be surrounded by a community that is full of courage and kindness.   A community that understands the value of hard work, of growing our own food and working together to make that happen. 
The 16th Farm Share 
Heirloom Tomatoes
Sweet Peppers (Carmen, Lipstick, Purple Beauty’s and New Ace)
Red Onions
Kale
Eggplant
Melons
Hot Peppers (Jalapeno, Serrano and Cayenne)
Zinnias
Caleb made the most delicious Eggplant dish called Fragrant Fish Eggplant by Fuchsia Dunlop.   Even Maeve, who would not try eggplant ate every bite and asked for more!
As we gather our storage vegetables and sow oats, we are also beginning to plan for the next season. We hope you will join us.   If you join now and pay in full before Oct. 1, the price is $500.   We are raising our price to $550 in 2016.  Help us get a jump on the new season, and save $50.   See our 2016 Milkweed Farm CSA Application for more information
Also, we still have a few Fall Bounty Shares left.  Please contact Lucretia if interested. milkweedfarm@gmail.com.

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3 responses to “September 18, 2015

  1. Maggie Parkes

    You are one amazing woman Lucretia Egan Woodruff.

  2. milkweedfarm

    And so are you Maggie Parkes.

  3. Our future is in the soil and the love for each other…The wonders of Milkweed Farm is a brilliant model for others to follow !!

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