Summer Share #5 of 21: 7/7+7/9 Once I Saw An Egg Cooking On the Roadby Erin and Steve on 07/05/20
**The U-pick Field will be open this week (for CSA members only) with flowers and herbs. It is not a lot, but we wanted to open it up slowly. If you choose to go to the field you must bring your own scissors, none will be provided by the farm. You do not have to wear a mask in the field, but you do have to stay 6 feet away from other people. If your children are with you they must stay with you. If you attended a large gathering (over 10 people) for the 4th of July please do not enter the fields this week.
When I was young, young enough to be at the babysitters house during the Summer while my parents worked, we were going on a walk. It was 1988 in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the year of the drought that I, as a 7 year old, remember. My sisters, my babysitter and her daughter were walking on the road in her neighborhood towards a path in the woods at the back of the cul de sac. On the way we happened upon an egg someone (I am now assuming) cracked there on the road. I remember seeing the egg bubbling while it cooked on the street from the hot temperatures. This is still a strong memory to me, and I have since heard other people say that people used to do stuff like that on hot days all the time. I had never seen it before and haven't ever since. That memory combined with some others that year have stayed in my mind since....since the drought of 1988 in lower Michigan.
Do children have memories of adverse weather anymore, beyond mega-storms? Or do they just go from air conditioned home to air conditioned car to air conditioned destination and never think about the oppressive, odd, heat wave we are going to endure this week. Air-conditioning is adding to the warming of the planet, which in turn make people use more air conditioning. How will anybody grow up with an imprint of a changing climate if they never experience it? One thing I've said before is that it doesn't matter your political beliefs, every farmer in the country, or heck on this planet, knows the climate is changing. We experience the slow changes from season to season. I just wish everyone would.
So that being said it's going to be friggin hot this week. Record setting hot. The share will include: zucchini, summer squash, patty pan squash, cucumbers (limited), cabbage, beets, carrots (hopefully), kohlrabi, salad turnips, scallions, radicchio, fennel, arugula, cauliflower, some ugly-but-yummy broccoli (it hates the heat), as well as head lettuce for everyone and a choice between kale, chard, collards, or escarole. The fruit share will be cherries again.
A side note: if you were in close quarters with a gathering of people celebrating the 4th please just be aware of how you are feeling over the next 2 weeks. The outbreaks we are currently seeing across the country largely stem from Memorial Day gatherings. In some of the 'hot spots' they started seeing a steep incline in cases 2 weeks after Memorial Day weekend. If you are not feeling well please text the farm that you are quarantining and we can work out a plan to get you your veggies. You could also have your share bagged so you can pick it up after hours on your pick up day to avoid contact. Please do not come to the farm if you are sick.