Sore backs, sunburned skin, and a workload that is almost unbearable. June is historically a pretty stressful month on our farm. With CSA, farmers markets and restaurant deliveries in full swing and weeds growing faster than crops, we are finding it hard to keep on top of it all. Even with hired help we still fall behind. And as the daylight creeps well into the night we’re able to work our longest hours of the year. It can be hard to call it quits in the evening when there is still so much to get done but we really cherish the quiet evenings and delicious meals. One of our nightly rituals is to eat dinner outside and just kick back with a few beers (or my beverage of choice- Rose` in a can!) and feel the days aches and pains melt away. It’s amazing what good food and a few beers can do for a couple of farmers. We’ve also really been enjoying the emails and text messages from our CSA members sharing photos of meals that they’ve made with our produce. That is one of the best perks of being a farmer! Seriously, seeing a photo of the food we’ve grown made into a beautiful meal on someone else’s table. It’s the most incredible feeling and it’s honestly why we continue to do what we do.
This spring we’ve been talking big picture stuff as well. In the fall we’re building the greenhouse of our dreams (pinch me!) which will allow us to grow more early and late season crops. Raising a few pigs has been a topic of conversation for quite some time and overall, it’s been really exciting to chat about what the future holds. I laugh every time we talk about “next season” because the truth is— it’s usually the second week of every March that we’re already talking about how “next season we’re going to nail it!” As if the current season (only two weeks in) is already a wash. I guess that’s one of the most addicting parts about farming–you’ll never “nail it” but it’s pretty darn fun to strive for a perfect year and conquer all that Mother Nature has in store. Every year is different which is exciting and terrifying all at the same time!
This week we’ve eaten the same lunch for 5 days straight–Bok Choy Salad with Miso Tahini Sauce over avocado toast. If you haven’t made the bok choy salad yet you should! It’s quickly becoming a favorite among our CSA members and we can’t stop whipping it up or topping our avocado toast with it. I’m pretty sure it’s the best salad I’ve made to date and I’m happy it’s in our daily rotation!
You probably noticed I’m starting to refer to these posts as “The Farm Diaries” instead of “Fridays at the Farm.” I thought a name change was in order because I’ve found that I don’t always want to post these updates on a Friday and that some weeks there just isn’t as much to share so these wont be a weekly update. Maybe a few times a month? I’m playing with it so we’ll see how it goes!
Anyhow, I hope this weekend you all get to relax a bit and enjoy some good food and equally good company. We”ll be at the Hood River Farmers market (Saturday 9-1pm) so if you live in the area swing in and say hi! We’ll have a bountiful booth this week so come hungry!
Cheers from Tumbleweed!