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I always wonder if it is this time of year that leaves the joyous thought in people’s mind: CSA’s are crazy!! It is this time of year when, if you weren’t already on board, the dollars and cents of it all start to make sense.  It’s this time of year when I encourage you all not to feel overwhelmed by a giant, bulging box of produce shows up on your doorstep, but to embrace the bounty, knock on a neighbor’s door, invite friends and family over to feast.  This bountiful harvest, when the magic of the Sebastopol climate brings us crops from across the board, tomatoes to spinach, watermelons to microgreens, that the true “community” part of Community Supported Agriculture comes out.  My thought, which I have already shared with many (and likely written in an early newsletter, while feeling inspired at the site of newly tilled fields and the germination of the first crops of summer) is that CSA is not just about the community supporting the land, a farm, and a farmer, but it is also about the farm supporting the disappearing idea of community.  The farm as a place that brings people together and reminds us of the joys of the most basic things in life.  Many of you know that I am currently across the country, beginning the pursuit of a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. I am focusing on food systems and hunger, to better inform my work as a farmer, community member, and teacher.  While I do this, a community of people who have been with the farm from the start, both friends and family, some quite close, some hardly knowing each other, have stepped up to finish this season’s deliveries and farmers’ market obligations.  As a farmer and daughter and friend and sister, I can’t imagine a more fulfilling sense of community than this.

(It should be noted that each week, I spend Monday, Tuesday and Thursday calling and calling, anticipating questions and the need for guidance. And every week, what do I hear? The laughing and raucous fun of a bunch of my friends and family coming together, spending early mornings and late evenings harvesting the best of the season, gorging on juicy watermelons, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s quite a lovely thing….only hindered slightly by the fact that on the other end of the phone I’m hunched over hundreds of pages of reading….!)

In the Box: Summer Squash  Cucumbers  Sweet Peppers  Hot Peppers  Cherry Tomatoes  Tomatoes  French Canteloupe  Watermelon  Spinach   Microgreens  Herbs

 





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