Some warm, sunny days this week and the tomatoes have responded by beginning to ripen. Oh Happy Day! Karen and I worked to put out the drip irrigation on two of the three fields this week. There is a nice crop of summer lettuces that I want to keep going and the 85 degree days make it challenging for lettuce and cucumbers without irrigation. I am so grateful for the rainwater gravity flow irrigation system I installed in 2010 through a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer program. It continues to perform well and feels really good to irrigate with rainwater and off-grid!
We had a great turnout at last Saturdays Farm Tour. One young boy said it was "the best farm ever". When I asked him why he responded "because he got to pull a carrot out of the ground and it was Purple"! Super cute!!! I was also most excited to discover this week that everything in the small vegetable garden we started at the Rabun County Library has sprouted – okra, pumpkins, sunflowers and even the sweet potato and marigold transplants are hanging in there. Karen and I were talking this week that vegetable gardens should be everywhere where people eat food– at schools, hospitals, prisons to name a few. In our fast-paced world it can be so rewarding and grounding to garden – one of my favorite quotes “to watch something grow is good for morale, it helps you believe in life”.
Farm Food Favorite: Caprese Salad!
Slice up your heirloom tomatoes. Add a basil leaf and slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each tomato slice. Grate black pepper and drizzle olive oil on top. Enjoy!
Until next week…