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Monday, June 18, 2012

Pictures of our Farm

scallions--soon to be harvested!
Pictures of our Farm

This past week at the farm I was able to do something that I have always day dreamed about—I walked around the farm for an hour, just taking pictures of the crops.  I leaned into the lettuce to get a close-up of a sparkling green oakleaf, called panisse.  I lay on the ground and took shots of scallions standing tall in rows that had just been weeded.  I spotted bees on potato flowers and cucumber beetles disturbing young cucumber plants.  I stood back and captured moments in time—weedy patches and thriving plants and the Powisset farm crew harvesting spinach for the pick-ups. 

This season marks my tenth year of farming.  In that time I’ve been trying to learn how to see all the close-ups on a farm and how to also see the whole landscape at once.  When I try to capture a full picture of the farm landscape I see rows of green, colorful caps of people working, pollinators buzzing, sun shining—a farm at work, thriving.  When I look up close I see the details of the red veins on our growing beets, the tiny, yellow tomato flowers blooming-wanting to make fruit.  Up close I also see the weeds drowning the parsnips and the soil-born disease that is threatening the success of our broccoli crop.  To farm is to see all the close-ups as well as the broad picture of this landscape—and to not get too overwhelmed by either shot!

In the fields right now, we are turning over soil where our first lettuce has already been harvested.  We are seeding storage beets and winter cabbage in the greenhouse.  We are weeding carrots and onions and leeks that won’t be picked for months!  Even though we are at the start of the season, our fields are preparing for the many harvests to come.  I’m hoping that I can capture that perfect wide shot—the beautiful kale bunch in the foreground, you and your families picking peas behind that, and slightly out of focus, the rows of vegetables, cared for by our farm crew, painting the background of the picture. 

See you out in the fields,

Meryl (on behalf of the Powisset farm crew)

potato flower!

What's in the share this week:

in the barn: lettuce, spinach, arugula, scallions, beets, radish or turnips, kale

in the pick-yer-own: dill, peas

This week at the farm stand-Fish!

This week we have a new vendor joining us on Tuesdays--Jordan Brothers will be selling fresh fish at our Farm!  Every Tuesday from 1:30-6:30 they will be selling their fresh fish!  Check them out on facebook: Jordan brothers seafood 

We will continue to have awesome produce, eggs, jam, honey, granola and T's Greens sprouts!  Help spread the word about our farm stand!

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