We love rain, except when it rains too much. After FIVE days of rain (over 1 3/8 inch!), it’s about time we dry out a spell. It’s been a very dreary past couple of days and we are slightly starved of sunshine. Will Ms Sunshine come out today? Hope so!
The wet weather does help the garden but it doesn’t help the produce business. It’s hard to pick produce, especially salad, in the rain. The front porch farm stand is quiet; but we did have a very large order this week which helped pull us through. The Chef at Cal Tech put on a special “Meet the Farmers” dinner featuring many a dish made with our very own homegrown produce.
As city farmers, we make a living off and from the land, so we are thrilled to have a new local client, especially after long time customer Elements unceremoniously dumped us.
With such a special dinner featuring a few dishes from “Dervaes Gardens”, we had to get out there and pick even in the rain. And this order pretty much “cleaned us out” of surplus produce for the week; but at least we made our “daily bread” for the week and that was truly a blessing.
Featured at the dinner was our “world famous” Salad Mix along with the heirloom Italian summer squash and winter squash (you can get the seeds from our little seed company – FreedomSeeds.org)
We set up a little farmers market in the patio area featuring a few items from our farm. But before the expected 175 dinner guests showed up, we were able to take some photos of the incredible buffet spread and meet the staff.
I hadn’t seen so much food, in well, awhile! Tables were lined with all sorts of culinary delights and it was really nice to see our three homegrown items featured so prominently
The Chef and staff were incredibly friendly, talking about how much they enjoyed preparing the squash for this weekly dinner event for the Cal Tech and JPL people. Our produce was picked up at 11am and it was served at 6pm. Talk about super fresh!
After dinner, folks moseyed on over to our table telling us how much they enjoyed seeing us there and raving over the amazing squash they just had. Food has a story (and that evening, a face), so we shared how we picked the salad and squash in the rain just hours before.
Of course, they wanted to know “now, where exactly is this farm located?” You should have seen their faces when we informed them just a mile or two up the road!
As farmers, even though we eat our own produce all of the time, it’s always great to get a chance to see the produce you grew used and appreciated! Although we made only a handful of sales that night, we hope that dinner patrons that evening will remember to support our front porch farm stand in the future
Thanks, everyone, for a special evening!
Now for some pics!