- FROM THE FARMERS
Over the past year I’ve been somewhat guarded with my time. Farms alway demand more than anyone could give, and we are learning that prioritization is very important. In addition to the actual farm work, the work that is needed on the farm and food policy side is equally daunting. Change happens slowly in the farm world, as with most other things, but there is so much that needs to happen, and farmers rarely have the extra time to serve on boards, attend public comment forums, and petition their government leaders. Luckily in Kentucky, we have the Community Farm Alliance. CFA has the history, respect and personnel to make things happen in Frankfort. They advocate for small farms and provide the necessary presence to make our issues known.
I assume that everyone who reads this newsletter has similar opinions related to our local farm and food economy. Help CFA give your opinions a voice in Frankfort by joining or renewing your membership!
- THE PATH TO NO TILL
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY SMALL FARM GRANT
COMMUNITY FARM ALLIANCE
WEEK #11 CSA SHARE CONTENTS
- SWEET POTATO GREENS
- SWISS CHARD
- GREEN TOMATOES
- NEW POTATOES
- GREEN BEANS
I forgot to mention this last week, but a well informed daughter of a potato farmer and Lazy Eight CSA member caught a glaring error in our newsletter. She informed me the correct term is to “grabble potatoes”, rather than “gravel potatoes”. I looked up grabble in the dictionary, and sure enough…”to feel around with one’s hands.”
Also, it doesn’t look like we will succeed with our goal of having lettuce all summer long. We started at the beginning of the season by selecting all the varieties that were touted as heat tolerant, and we have been continuing to make succession plantings in all the shady fields on the farm, but the hot days and warm nights caught up with us, and all our lettuce near harvest has bolted. We will continue to plant, and hope the nights cool down soon.
FARM NOTES & EVENTS
- TUESDAY – BEREA FARMERS MARKET, 3:30-6:30 PM
- — closed July 4th — THURSDAY – MADISON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET, 10:00-1:00 PM @ EKU
- SATURDAY – BEREA FARMERS MARKET, 9:00-12:00 PM
- SATURDAY – LEXINGTON FARMERS MARKET, 7:00-12:00 PM
FROM THE KITCHEN
Don’t know what to do with those sweet potato greens? These greens can be prepared similarly to most other greens. Some people use them as a replacement for spinach when the weather gets hot, and many Asian derived dishes call for them. When even ate them raw in the field while we were harvesting today. Send us your ideas and we’ll share them with everyone next go round. Hope you enjoy!