Judging

It is fair time with a competition for everything. Judges of every caliber are called upon to rate each entry, from how an animal poses to the best flower arrangement and all points in between.

I was called up to be on the list for jury duty from September through December. That put me in a complete panic since my work hours are ranging in the 14’s and longer! I wrote a letter to the folks to explain the current situation: that we would have to close the business and cut employee hours. After much thought a reprieve was given and I can serve my reduced time in January. Grateful to be judged fairly.

Judging by the variety of what is being harvested …there is to be a nice selection for farm share members: Brussels Sprouts, Fennel or Celery, Beets, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Cucs, Zucs, Onions, HEAD LETTUCE (consider yourselves honored) and Herbs.

Considering the mote in your eye, I need to remember there is a beam tucked into my vision – So, let’s keep our eye’s on the prize and that we all are walking this path together.

Rapprochement

Where there is communion, rapport, fellowship or a resumption of harmonious relations you will find rapprochement (a French word that I was surprised to see is accepted as English….. ). Say it in French and you have nailed it! (make the “r” at the back of the throat leaving the mouth open and the final syllable starting to say “mom” but quit after the “o”) Say it in English and it sounds like winged, skittering bugs that are never in good rapport with me.

Relations are coming this weekend – daughter, son in law, grandson, sister, uncle and aunt in law. Harmonious all. Fine fellowship is expected. A rapprochement! What if that circle extended out even further to cousins in law, friends in law, farmers in law, moms in law…that would be one rapprochement party!

The word is out – we are to be in MN Cooks on August 25 at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Most honorific with a large scoop of anxiety – hey ho. We will be making our Super Berry Smoothy and Take 10 cookies for all the onlookers and the panel of distinguished guests. Join us! Make sure to get a MN Cooks 2020 calendar with our pics in it – the first time that a farmer and chef are highlighted from the same family and business. We are unique and VERY crazy….

May the box of zucs, cucs, tomatoes, onions, kale, herbs, green beans, beets, celery and fennel bring us all closer to a rapprochement around the table. Make it tasty and of course good for body and soul.

Precious in sight

Eat your colors and be resplendent! A meal should always look like an artist’s palette – not the white square on a white background type but more like Millet, Monet or even mine..hey (ho).

There will be large sweet candy onions, cucumbers, summer squash or kale, pounds of tomatoes, herbs and a choice of pickled radish/dried tomatoes/ cabbage or cauliflower for the larger shares. Make it colorful!

We are all called by name, precious in the Creator’s sight – an artist pallette with reds, yellows, blacks, whites and all the other mixtures. Artists have created colorful seesaws to give sight through what was dividing us to bring forth precious childhood memories of fun and laughter. Precious in sight.

Cool as a ……

Munching cucumbers and tomatoes everyday is becoming routine. The snap and pop of the juice is so refreshing. I am following the 3000 year old path of seed saving, planting and harvest from India through Egypt where you can read about their good munches in the book of Numbers…chapter 11. Emperor Tiberius, Charlemagne and then to Catherine of Aragon who liked them with her salads.

The stories throughout the centuries continue on down to me! Imagine! Instead of studying about wars in history class and who survived the slaughter we could have followed the cucumber through time. I certainly would have had more alphas than omegas on my report cards. Instead of our current predicament there might be more of a mindset of protecting our soil and the food we eat. The fun article is https://ipm.missouri.edu/MEG/2014/3/Cucumber-A-Brief-History/

It is cool to munch a crunch of veg chips – goodness sakes! To help with that endeavor we have a choice of the final salad mix (last week’s picking) or an extra pound of cucumbers …or tomatoes; then of course more cucumbers and tomatoes; a choice of beets, green onions or kale; a choice of fennel, cauliflower or cabbage; summer squash; basil, parsley or summer savory.

Heading home

The timekeeper of the heavens has long past galloped over the horizon as I head back to where I eat, sleep and stem gooseberries. This house has given me sanctuary over the 27 years of life in Mountain Lake. It seems to have grown in spaciousness! Possessions are slowly being repossessed by others.

Home. It seems like every living thing craves its space. An aluminum foil hat now sits on top of the security sensor above the market door…Why? Barn swallows are enjoying the one-eyed mirror and attempted to build a nest. Every swoop past the sensor sends a signal and a beep to our phones and a buzzer at home. Music could be made if they only knew how to keep a beat.

Our sojourn on this earth is but a shiver in spacetime. No one has Idun’s magic apples of immortality, Hebe’s ambrosia or has found the Water of Life. We have a beginning and an end. What transpires between those two events is life – heading home. Will I be welcomed as well as the others on this path?

Food for the hikers: green onions, kale, cabbage, tomatoes, peas, summer squash, cucumbers, kohlrabi and salad mix. Beautiful cauliflower and beets have been harvested and are for sale – maybe next week’s boxes.