The drip tape is all strung out now, the filter is hooked up, and we have water. We’re irrigating loads more efficiently these days. Until this past week, we had been using a pump to draw water from the irrigation ditch to a series of sprinklers on a centerline down the middle of the field. The set up worked well in previous years when the field was lawn and hops. It’s been challenging for us however, with rows of diverse vegetables lined up. With the sprinklers, we were needlessly watering our walkways and hoards of weeds, and the water distribution has been very uneven. Now with the filter installed, we can gravity feed water through a two inch line from the irrigation ditch out to both the front and back fields. We have valves on the drip tape at each row, so we don’t have to water the tomatoes and the onions at the same time or as much. No more running a loud electric pump for hours at a time, while constantly keeping an eye on the level of water in the ditch. SO GOOD.
Jeremy rigged up a dispenser for the giant drip tape bobbin to help with stretching out the tape. Mounted on the bicycle, he was able to wheel the bike down the field as we worked his way down the rows. Everything nicely contained on the bike; the staples, the scissors, the tube for clamping off the ends, all together. No heavy lifting. Just easy rolling. Pretty smart.
We finally had a chance to cook up some of our squash blossoms. Sauteed beet greens with garlic and green onion. Mixed with a bit of goat cheese. Stuffed the squash blossoms. It helps if you cut up the side of the flower, in order to spoon it full (this part is especially exciting when there is a honey bee inside). Coated the stuffed blossom in a batter of blue corn flour, milk and egg. And fried. Made crepes with the leftover blue corn flour batter. It would seem farming is decadent hedonism.
And we’re not the only ones eating so well. Our wonderfully talented friends at Crow Peak Brewery saved us some buckets of spent grain, leftovers from a new batch of Spearbeer. SO HAPPY, these birds are thoroughly thrilled, big thanks Crow Peak.
And here’s a photo of our CSA share this week. The first of the summer’s eggplants and sunflowers. Happy August. This week’s CSA newsletter is online here.
Lastly, everybody ought to read this, even though it’s terrifying. And we encourage all our wonderful CSA members to ride their bikes to the farm next Thursday. And the Thursday after that. Bill McKibben’s Terrifying New Math article in Rolling Stone Magazine.