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.

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.