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Availability for June 21
The summer solstice is upon us this week, and so we have more tomatoes, the first beans, and other tastes of summer right on cue. We’d normally have corn by now too, but the dry weather has put that a few weeks behind. We can put drip hose on the tomatoes, but it’s much harder to irrigate a stand of corn. It’ll get here soon enough.
There are quite a few others new items listed this week, from herbs to potatoes, cabbage to dog biscuits. We’ll also be running out to Diamond Hill Dairy for raw milk from their pastured Jersey cows.
A good number of us had a great time out at Double B Farm yesterday for this month’s Farmer For a Day program. It was great to see what he’s doing down there in Oxford, tucked away in what looks at first glance to be a normal subdivision. His many mushroom logs, medicinal herbs, and small vegetable garden show again that you don’t need a lot of land to produce a substantial amount of food for your community. There are a few slots open for our three remaining tours—make your reservations now by adding them to your order. You’ll find them listed under the “Event Reservations” category.
Thank you all for your rather enthusiastic response to my call for volunteers. The slots were quickly filled, but the response was so great that we’ll see how we can have a rotation system to get more of you in the back. I’ll keep you up to date as we formulate that. I think I responded to everyone who offered their time, but if I missed you, this paragraph explained it all.
I hope all you fathers out there had a great Father’s Day. My own father, who I only get to see a few days a year, just happened to be passing through the state today, and so my parents, one sister, and two nephews are all sleeping in the next room. I walked my dad through the garden tonight, showing him everything we’ve got growing. His father (who’d be closing in on 120 if he were still alive) had a sizable vegetable garden and working sheep farm which he managed by hand until he could no longer walk. I discovered tonight that several of my favorite heirloom varieties were also some of his. I certainly feel his blood in me when I’m out working my own gardens with many of the same tools and methods as he did his.
Thanks for all your support of your local growers. We’ll see you on Thursday from 4:30 to 8pm (yes… we did extend the pickup time by a full hour) at Gosford Wine!