One pregnant Manti momma.
Another round of ‘maters
Loads of ladybugs
Salad greens grow in the shade
Tromboncino squash hangs from a trellis
As we are nearing the end of summer, we are reflecting on what a summer it has been! Although we, being farmers, didn’t have the luxury to go on any vacations, it was a very meaningful and humbling summer.
I think not getting what you want all the time (or doing without) makes you a stronger person. Think of our pioneer counterparts who, but a hundred years ago, didn’t have the luxury of tramping to non local (within a day’s drive) destinations for fun and pleasure. One might even opt out of the “green trendy” culture, which, sadly, is masking the same treadmill in a green guise. True sustainability, pleasure, freedom and worth is found in the place one calls home. If we are always looking for a better place to be, then one never makes where you are a better place.
The weather continues to play havoc – we are back to cool, overcast mornings. Very unusual for this time of year. I don’t think in July and August we even went about 100 degrees. I know, August isn’t truly over just yet.
We are closely watching our last plantings of summer crops, hoping they will produce something before the even cooler weather descends.
The most disappointing crops this year were cucumbers and tomatoes – the others (eggplant, peppers, beans, etc.) didn’t seem as affected with our wacky summerless summer. If we had known now how the summer planting season would have turned out, we would have not sold so many tomatoes at the beginning of the season, opting instead to preserve them for fall and winter use. Why? Well, if we don’t get a second flush soon we are going to run out of preserved ‘maters really fast.
Free Your Mind
Someone called inquiring about FreedomGardens.org (now over 900 and growing strong!) and what was the purpose for this site since/if “people can’t grow a garden and produce as much as you – who have kids, jobs, etc.”
I was a little taken aback by this statement. FreedomGardens.org is growing beyond our Victory Garden counterparts, fueled by rising food prices and an uncertain climate. A homegrown revolution has taken root on balconies, backyard, front yards and community plots across the nation. Freedom Gardens is a 21st century gardening movement for the modern age, and the main mission is not to say one has to grow 6,000 lbs (be like us) but to grow outside the box. I answered, “That’s the problem, you’re already saying that it’s not possible when, in fact, that’s the exactly the kind of statement we muttered to ourselves years back.” I went on to say, “That sort of mentality/statement defeats. Look at where our family is now – there are always possibilities, there’s always hope” — and the fellow Freedom Gardeners are proof of that.
More preservation and planting efforts underway today.
On the three year anniversary of Katrina, with news of hearing this month that our great Aunt finally was able to move back into her home, another deadly storm could head towards New Orleans. So our thoughts are wandering to everybody there.
Jules Dervaes will be a guest on Buisness Matters Radio Talk show airing tomorrow on (Chicago) WLUW 88.7 FM at 10am CT, on Thursday September 4th at noon CT on WBIG 1280 AM, and podcast businessmatters.net which will be up tomorrow.