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Chard, Tomatoes and Leeks!

July 29, 2011

Market Update

  • Tomatoes!
  • Swiss Chard (featured in our recipe of the week)
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Pak Choy (Click here for recipe.)
  • String Beans (Green, Waxed, and Italian Flat)
  • Zucchini
  • Herbs: Basil, Dill, Parsley, Mints
  • Fresh Garden Flowers

Field Notes

On Monday, I attended the first meeting of the Rivertown Coalition for Clean Air and Water, right here in Selinsgrove. The main speaker, Barbara Jarmoska of Freshlife Natural Food Store in Williamsport, gave a compelling speech about the impact of natural gas hydrofracking in Pennsylvania. She talked about the big picture- politics and capitalism- and also brought it home to the local impact- the destruction of creek in her backyard.

While I was listening to Jarmoska speak, I thought about Wendell Berry’s comparison of a path and a road. In The Unsettling of America, Berry describes a path as being in-tune with the environment, dipping around obstacles and making you interact with the space. A road, on the other hand, goes through obstacles- tearing down trees and even mountains in order for people to get from one place to another quickly. Berry suggests that we could use more paths and less roads. In Jarmoska’s speech, she showed pictures of a footpath near her home transformed into an industrial road to carry huge trucks full of fracking chemicals. She went further to talk about the impact of fracking on farms. It’s frightening to think that we could end up dealing with a contaminated water supply on our future farm. Serious Farms is definitely staying active and taking a stand against fracking.

In other news, we have found two more farms for sale that we’re checking out. As we make plans toward moving onto a local farm, we’re also planning to become a Community Supported Farm. We’re planning to offer CSA shares next year. We’ll have more information on the details of that later in the season, but please start thinking about joining Serious Farms for 2012. CSAs offer reliable income for farmers. In the spring, we need money for fixing equipment and purchasing seeds, but most farmers earn money in the summer and fall. Because members join and pay for their share in the spring, we will know how much income we will have for the year. We can also spend more time growing food and less time marketing. This is a much more stable and sustainable model. In exchange for your membership, we’ll provide fresh, healthy vegetables every week and a genuine connection to your food source. We might also offer add-ons like a garden flower share, a homemade bread share, and a pastured egg share. More importantly, you’ll learn a lot about what it takes to grow food, and you’ll get to know us, your farmers, really well. We look forward to building a community around us and really getting to know all of you and your families as we go about growing, cooking and eating together. Like I said, all of this is only in the planning stages right now. If you are interested in joining our CSA next year, or if you have questions about it, please email us-

Speaking of cooking, our recipe of the week is Fettuccine with Swiss Chard. We made it Thursday night for dinner, and everyone gave it two thumbs up. Swiss Chard is packed with vitamins and minerals, and this recipe shows off its wonderful flavor. We’re also excited to offer a couple different varieties of Swiss Chard, including Bright Lights. (Check out the beautiful photo below.)

See you Saturday at the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market from 9am-1pm. Feel free to “Like” us on Facebook.

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