I came across this quote in one of my favorite magazines, The Sun.  With 200 strawberry plants at Ladybug Farms, this is not my experience but the quote spoke to me and I wanted to share with you all…
Strawberries are too delicate to be picked my machine.  The perfectly ripe ones bruise at even too heavy a human touch.  It hit her then that every strawberry she had ever eaten – every piece of fruit – had been picked by calloused human hands.  Every piece of toast with jelly represented someone’s knees, someone’s aching back and hips, someone with a bandanna on her wrist to wipe away the sweat.  Why had no one told her about this before?  
Alison Luterman, What We Came For

With most of the planting done for the summer season we’ve made a lot of progress this week by staking the 75 heirloom tomato plants, hilling the first two rows of potatoes and thinning the radishes, beans, squash and more.  Still have the okra and crowder peas to plant but the focus has definitely shifted from planting to maintenance and harvest mode. 

I wanted to highlight two vegetables this week in an easy to make dish:

Farm Food Favorite: Radish Greens & Garlic Scape Pesto  
Cut up the Garlic Scapes into ½ inch pieces, remove tops from Radishes and puree together in a food processor along with Olive Oil and Salt.  Use on pasta or a crusty bread with cheese – Yum! 

I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10 am until noon in our new pick up location at the Rock House Park.  Please bring a bag for your goodies.

Until next week…

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