This week at the farm…
The weather these last few months has been particularly challenging for those of us that grow food. I’ve all but given up monitoring the level in the rain gauge or planning based on the projected weather forecast. Seems we went overnight from a really cold winter to summertime temps in the 90’s, but in April! Combine that with an abundance of rain in February in March and then a few weeks of no rain in April and then a RIDICULOUS amount of rain in May! These “swings” seem to be the new “normal” in our weather patterns – it reinforces for me the value of diversifying my crops, growing methods and fields at the farm.
Several highlights to share since last season. I was honored by the Georgia Water Coalition as one of their inaugural Clean 13 statewide recipients of good water stewards for the 6,000 gallon gravity fed rainwater irrigation system in use at the farm. On another front it seems the mineral amending I’ve Last summer I sent off several produce items I grew for plant sap testing of their mineral content and the results were most interesting. Small farms that take care of their soil are growing a nutrient dense food that is truly medicine. Last week several folks from the USDA were out to tour the farm and learn more about the mineralization work. It will be exciting to see where this leads.
Farm Food Favorites: - Kale Chips
We’ve got a nice amount of Dinosaur Kale in this week’s share so get ready to make Kale Chips. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, slightly rub olive oil on a cookie sheet, cut up the kale into 1 inch strips and rub around on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with garlic or sea salt and then bake in oven for 12-15 minutes until crispy (you will have to play around with the exact time for your oven). Enjoy!
I appreciate your support this season and look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10 am until noon at the Rock House Park. Please bring a bag for your goodies.
Until next week…