Red and green oakleaf lettuce, Swiss chard and space spinach have been harvested, washed three times, sanitized, duly given a shake-up and mixed well, weighed, bagged and are now waiting happily in the refrigerator to be shared around a dinner table. Transparency beginning with our work habits, soil and plant health management to the ever present clear plastic bag that salad mix is presented in are key factors to our existence. Not much is secret – except for recipes – haha.
Salad mix takes a break in July and August, those being the typically hot months that bring on the bitterness. Cultivated lettuce has been domesticated from its bitter wild lettuce cousins, but there still remains the tendency to revert back to the ancestors.
When there is an urgent message to be communicated…three “t’s” come into play: truth, transparency and time. I am often in Bilbo Baggins shoes: “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” (JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
This week there will be oodles of choices: salad mix, Delicata squash, Acorn squash, Celery, turnips/radishes, Brussels sprouts, watermelon, tomatoes, head lettuce, onions, garlic and sweet peppers. Plenty more options for sale! Make it worth the running…..