How quickly the summer is flying by!
Last week was our first carrot harvest of the season. Besides being incredibly delicious, it also marked the first vegetable that I have cared for from seed to harvest (over 3 months), which was a powerful feeling that gave me pause as I dug in deeper with the pitchfork.It is easy to get caught up in the daily routine of weeding, watering, and tending to the basic requirements of the farm; however, it is important to keep the bigger picture in mind (especially when the humidity is almost 100%).
It is also easy to get caught up in the news of yet another black life taken or a terrorist attack and feel helpless and frustrated. While farming less than an acre of vegetables may not make a dent in the problems of today’s world, it provides a jumping off point for a dialogue about food justice that can be linked to deeper discussions of racism, classism, and other injustices.
In addition to the joy that comes with finding a perfectly ripe tomato or a sunflower that hits the light just right, Monday nights with the families are a great way to keep the goals of the farm in perspective.
Families are always finding new and fun ways to photograph, eat, and enjoy the vegetables, from swiss chard and jalapeno tamales to basil tea!
Also, our raspberry bush has been blooming for the past couple of weeks, which has led to red stained hands and lips of children and adults alike.
Our summer garden is definitely in full bloom, with beets, zinnias, tomatoes, summer squash, and peppers- we just can’t get enough! Be sure to stop by and take in all the natural beauty 🙂
At the Painted Turtle Farm seeking food justice is just one way we strive for a more just world– how will you?