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Summer Share #15 of 20: 9/13 + 9/15 The Final Weeks of Summer

by Erin and Steve on 09/12/21

It's difficult during a pandemic, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, for my mind to stay inside our little 'farm bubble'. 9/11 for me took place at night. I was living in Sydney, Australia at the time and was watching the nightly news with my apartment mates when we found out what was happening in New York. At the time we turned on the TV only one of the towers had been hit, and we soon watched the second plane hit on live TV. I was living with 4 other Americans who all immediately started calling home. Everyone was getting through to family and friends, even waking some people up because their families were on Mountain Time. Everyone got through to someone but me. I was the only one with family on the east coast and there was just busy signals for every number I called. It was really strange for me because as we all know now, busy signals disappeared with the onset of the cell phone. There was limited information coming from the news on the TV, especially from reporters in Australia. But coverage soon changed to American TV and I found out that the planes that hit the towers came from Logan International (the airport in Boston) where I knew my dad was flying from that morning. He was supposed to be on a flight to Chicago I think, I can't remember now. He usually never flew out of Logan; it was usually LaGuardia or Newark. So I went to sleep that night, wondering how I would fall asleep, but assured I was going to talk to my dad the next morning. It was still the night of 9/11 in the US, and I did talk to my dad then. He ended up renting a car with some others and they drove to their destination.
I was in Sydney for another two months before I came back home. In that time my dad was volunteering to help clean up Ground Zero. I told myself then that the next time a national disaster happened I was going to be there to help clean up, now that I was home. And I did. I was in New Orleans after Katrina hit 16 years ago, helping to gut and clean out homes that had been ruined by the storm, but salvageable.
And here we are, 20 years after 9/11 and we just pulled out of Afghanistan, and Ida just hit New Orleans (of course amongst other locations including NYC). I'm hoping people are still feeling called to duty to help others during difficult times instead of pointing fingers. I'm hoping people are still feeling empathy for others during difficult times, instead of pointing fingers. I'm hoping people still feel a sense of resolve when we are collectively going through a difficult time instead of pointing fingers.
To now completely change my thought process and maybe crawl back into that 'farm bubble', we are still signing people up for the Winter Share. We have 29 spots left. The Winter Share includes greens every week through the end of January as well as winter squashes, root vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and fermented and frozen farm produce (like turmeric :). This is most likely the last week to sign up for it! So bring your payment and verbally sign up this week on your pick up day this week.
We will be starting renewals for the 2022 season in October.
This week's share will include: potatoes, summer and fall squashes, carrots, beets, peppers, eggplant, kohlrabi, onions, kale, celery, head lettuce, greens, and tomatoes.
The fruit share will include grapes, peaches, plums, and pears.
Don't forget you Savage Wheat Project orders, too.

Comments (1)

1. Beth Frascatore’s Location N said on 9/14/21 - 08:39AM
What a poignant memory. And what it tells about you and your dad. Thanks for posting this, Erin.

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