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If you carrot all for good food…

June 10, 2011

Market Update

This Saturday, Serious Farms will be offering the following at the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market from 9am-1pm.

  • Serious Salad Mix (This week: Leaf Lettuce, Arugula, Dill and Parsley.)
  • Arugula
  • Tom Thumb Lettuce (A mini butterhead lettuce.)
  • Baby Nantes Carrots (Featured in our recipe of the week.)
  • Radishes
  • Pea Shoots
  • Avalanche Snow Peas
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Potted Basil

News from the Field

This week we planted winter squash, eggplants, broccoli, and lots of beneficial flowers to attract pollinators. We spent a lot of time mulching and watering, because it was such a hot and dry week. We’ve seen a lot of growth on the tomato plants, which reminds us that we need to get them staked soon. (No easy task with 150 plants.) The sweet corn is germinating, and the onions are doing well.

As we sweat outside, we often rock out to French Jazz or some other eclectic nonsense talk about why we’re farming. We have a lot of reasons. Sometimes when people ask, I am at a loss for where to start. But one big reason we farm is to reclaim the means of producing food- something essential to life. For most Americans, our relationship with food is as consumer. We go to the grocery store and purchase food. Strange that even 150 years ago, most people were growing much of their food supply. Some would argue that factories and assembly lines and mega-farms produce food much cheaper than small, family farms. However, it’s not an even playing field. The US subsidizes large farms growing corn, soy, and wheat. Most of that is processed and made into industrial materials or fed to livestock.

It would make a lot more sense to subsidize farmers who are growing local, nutritious and sustainable vegetables and livestock. Check out this image. The top is the White House garden. The bottom is how the garden would look if it were proportioned to what crops are subsidized. It’s no wonder we have an obesity and diabetes epidemic. The foods that are bad for us are cheap, because the ingredients are subsidized. What if local farmers got a stipend to grow veggies? What if CSAs got funding to offer cheaper shares? We think it would be a better and healthier world if we spent taxdollars on small and sustainable farms instead of industrial farms.

Another reason we like farming- everything is edible. We’re learning about pea shoots and garlic scapes and other bonus veggies. I can’t wait to try out the squash blossoms. We also get to drink lots of herbal tea from our farm. This week I had a lot of Catnip tea. It tastes good, and it also helps to reduce muscle cramps. Last week, we drank a lot of iced Bee Balm (Monarda) tea. Monarda is one of my favorite flavors, and it also helps to prevent colds and sore throats. I learned that Lemon Balm helps with insomnia. We don’t generally harvest and bring these lesser known herbs to market, however if you email me by 9pm tonight (Friday June 10th) and place an order, you can pick it up at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow. Herbs are $2 per bunch. (We currently have: catnip, monarda, lemon balm, peppermint and apple mint.)

And the recipe of the week features our carrots! Stop by the stand and get your copy on Saturday. Photos from the farm:

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Email with any questions.

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