Boxed in

Our large walk-in freezer has been limping along for several months. Events happened along the way that prolonged the painful demise and brought on an emergency – oh my! A van-load of precious cargo is now at the back of the public school’s freezer. It was empty, now that school is not in session – most fortunate of days! There will be no mistaking whose is whose……cardboard boxes for the school and fruits and vegetables belong to Peacemeals. Hmmmm

My boxed-in button is one that needs to be maneuvered with caution. Note the large windows in Jubilee Market & Peacemeals! Tradition is a strong current in these parts, raging at times….and I am not a swimmer….a runner maybe – though it is more of a slow trot these days.

Steve found a box from the mail carrier outside our front door. It had gone through several downpours! If you come to visit…there are other doors – haha. Inside the box is a most exquisite mink coat from my great Aunt Lou Nolan. Oh my goodness…won’t I be a sight now?

Aunt Lou is the one that rescued my grandpa from his troubled place and gave him the home he dearly needed. He was able to go to Westtown, a Quaker college-preparatory boarding and day school. Along with studies, his antics doing gymnastic tricks on top of the chimneys of large 3-story buildings and shimmying down rain pipes to catch the trolley for Philly helped him survive his eventual jobs of managing Kresge Department stores during the strife of war and civil rights.

And then there is me!

Summer farm shares that begin today – salad mix, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, kohlrabi or kale, snow peas and Napa cabbage. Yummers – would you like this with a box?

Delicious Decoys

An insect’s eyes are a masterpiece. When it comes to the apple maggot fly….I wish they were blind. It visits Minnesota each summer and stays until we start thinking about coats and mittens again.

I would be Moolicious Cream if we were named by our favorite foods! There would be far too many Bubbly Dews and Patty Buninfries wandering around.

Back to the apple maggot fly – it crawls out of the ground and heads for lunch in the shrubbery and woods. It returns to a perfect nursery and lays eggs just under the skin of an apple. There the egg hatches into a larvae and it tunnels around in the apple before it falls to the ground to begin the cycle all over again.

We will be hanging up Red Delicious decoys coated with Tanglefoot in each of our apple trees. The sticky traps will remain in the trees until harvest. The only truth to that type of apple is the color – red. As to the taste …… The smell of the fermenting apple must entice the flies to check it out and whoops! they get stuck in the Tanglefoot (another good name).

Our goal at Jubilee is to be a delicious decoy – to encourage folks to step out of the usual ruts and choose life-giving options to soar free. To that end we will have kohlrabi, Napa cabbage or Romaine, radishes, herbs (basil/mint/parsley), cherry tomatoes, jam or pickles and a salad mix for the farm shares to enjoy.

Choose to be delicious or maybe even moolicious in your outlook. No telling what might happen!

Catching up

A new plot south of the market was to have been tilled last fall for spring planting. It was accomplished this week, at least the first step. We are moving our beds in closer to the water source, which only makes sense. A buckwheat ground cover is planned for the first seeding to prepare the area for the fall garlic. Thus a year has passed – one cycle. There isn’t much time for a “whoops” – one strike and it’s an ‘out’ until the next go around.

We asked a friend to come and consult us on his organic method for apple trees. Everyone and every flying bug seems to like a munch or a spot to start the next generation! Here’s to an apple crop with crisp munches that I am the first one to make – haha.

Farm shares will have a fine selection of munches: kohlrabi, salad mix, Romaine lettuce, Easter egg radishes, garlic scapes, frozen carrots or cantaloupe and the larger shares to get Pac choi and a choice of pizza sauce/Flaxony (flax, sunnies & honey=flaxony) bread or granola.

Going with the flow

Gnats, black flies, zmpsif! or whatever name comes to mind…actually take a bite out of me and squirt some goop in to encourage my blood to flow for their tasty meal. This would be only the female zmpsif!’s. They are cousins to the mosquitoes but like to hatch in free-flowing water, which there was an overabundance of in this corner of the world.

Our evergreen windbreak on the western side is now “everbrown” due to a constant flow of the water table for the past years. Each wonderful tree will be coming down. The mighty firs still have their green tufts on top, survivals all. Our next planting will keep the weather changes in mind – a river now runs through our yard following the muddy contours from the previous humidity event and then of course, there is the underground flow unseen but leaving its mark on the surface.

Planting vegetables this year has been a zmpsif! Soil particles come in all types: some hug themselves and moisture until plates and pots can be made from them, while other soil particles keep their distance from each other and water does not stay around for company. We have the huggable sort. We have added tons of compost to tear the lovers apart but it takes time equal to how it came to be in the first place. Ah love….

Which brings me to what we have to present this week for farm shares…..Pac Choi, head lettuce, salad mix, spinach, asparagus, radishes, Hakurei turnips, kale, kohlrabi, vinaigrettes and savory sauces. There are some limited choices in this list – refer back to paragraph 3….many days it is more zmpsif! than a love hug but we continue our paddling…upriver.

Me and Steve

It is that time of year when folks head to the fields for rock-picking. My first years in Mountain Lake I picked up “stones”….a “rock” was something on a mountain path that was tripped over. Another misnomer are the “gravel” roads which from my background I would call “dirt” since gravel does not turn into a mushpot in the rain.

We lost our whole crew these two weeks to mostly rocks – imagine! It is as if everyone left on vacation at the same time leaving Steve and me for lunch restaurant duty and taking care of the harvest. Fortunately, we do like to work together and we run our miles each morning for the day’s strength.

Farm shares will include lots of salad greens, spinach, asparagus or Hakurei turnips, radishes, kale or green onions and……flowers to eat! These will be arugula flowers that are a wonderful addition to any salad and some chive flowers that can be sprinkled over a dish. Tomatoes are turning colors – whoo whoo!