News from the second week of ADAMAH’s CSAJune 29, 2009 at 8:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Last week members of ADAMAH’s CSA received boxes of bounty- kale, swiss chard, garlic scapes, little bundles of thyme, scallions, tatsoi, beets and the first of the summer squash. They also received this update as part of the CSA newsletter. The first part is written by Sarah, a current Adamahnik who relates last week’s Torah portion to the near flood that we experienced last week in Falls Village. The last paragraph, written by Anna, gives the most recent update concerning the “state of the sadeh”.
Thankfully, most of the sadeh came out fine from the whole experience. A few crops got submerged and didn’t fair so well. But we were so relieved when we found out the whole sadeh wasn’t flooded. We said a blessing upon hearing good news—hatov v’hametiv. We took a lot away from this experience and we hope that you, our C.S.A. members, can also take something away from it. It’s important for farmers to have customers who are loyal to them during these difficult times. We also hope you can tell people you know about how our farm and so many other farms are being affected by climate change and the great need there is for people to live sustainably. One great way to lead a sustainable life is to buy local foods just as you great folks are doing.
This week’s parashat is Korach, which is about the Israelite rebellion against Moses and Hashem and their punishment for it. This parashat is rich in lessons on humility and leadership. My big connection to the parashat this week was I felt like Korach being swallowed by the earth as I walked about the muddy farm paths this past week. On a more serious note, I would like to focus on the haftorah for this week, which, comes from the book of Shmuel. In this section, the Israelites demand of the prophet Shmuel, Korach’s descendent, that a King be appointed over the Jewish nation. Shmuel isn’t so fond of this idea since he believes that Hashem and Torah should be the only authorities over the Jewish people, not a man. He says to the people “Stand yourselves erect and see this great thing which Hashem will do before your eyes. Is not the harvest of the wheat today?—yet I shall call to Hashem and He will set forth thunder and rain, then you shall recognize and see that great is your wickedness that you have perpetrated before the eyes of Hashem, to request for yourselves a king.” In the Torah, rain is seen as a way God can bestow blessings upon people and yet too much of it is far from a blessing. In some ways, we can look upon the dramatic weather changes today as a way of God or the earth (which ever you prefer) telling us that we need to live in a more perfect harmony with nature.
We are striving for our own bit of harmony on the farm and are lucky enough to have a bit of heaven here in Connecticut. The soil has donned her summer clothes and is coming out in vivid colors and forms. The kale rows are full of leaves in beautiful dark greens and purples. The daikon radishes continue to grow into large “dancing ladies” as we like to call them. The tatsoi, chard, are also all beaming, ready for harvest. We are also keeping busy with the cucumbers, tomatoes, and other vegetables we will be harvesting in coming weeks to put on your tables.
A few sunny days last week dried up most of the standing water on our field. We have a few ‘dead zones’ where the roots were suffocated under 6″ of water…but for the most part, the field and plants are doing fine. The sun also helped the tiny, 1″ cukes that had been hovering as nubbins for weeks to turn into our first harvest of cucumbers for pickling! We’re gearing up for the daily cucumber harvest that will start soon, and looking forward to more pickles! The warmer weather also meant that we could get some planting done…dill, watermelon, winter squash, lettuce, string beans and more cucumbers all had been waiting to get in the ground, and finally the soil was dry enough that we could work it. (Driving a tractor over wet soil risks not only getting your tractor stuck in the mud, but severe soil compaction and destroyed soil structure when it finally dries out). Working with the irregularities of the weather is a balance and a challenge, one that we meet principally by diversifying — if one crop is having a hard time, another crop is likely to be doing well! The tomatoes have set 2-3″ fruits…now we’re just waiting for a little more sun to turn them red. Enjoy this week’s bounty…