Searing Heat – Nature Bats Last

So I never should have laughed at the heat wave and thought I had it covered with my cucumber water, nature bats last.  The heat has been unrelenting, overpowering, nerve fraying and exhausting.  Screen time in the house has gone up, creative play has hit rock bottom.  We are counting the hours until the heat is supposed to break. On the farm, first our chard and lettuce fried.  That was reasonable, it’s summer.  But than it got personal.  Our cucumbers, the cooling, abundant, gazpacho powering cucumbers — withered in the heat.  They are a summer crop, they got some water, …

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Why Toddler Picked Flowers are the Best

My children brought me these beautiful flowers this morning when I really needed a lift.  I was trying to finish a giant writing project on a deadline (a grant proposal) and I was feeling stressed and exhausted when they came bounding in with a great sampling of every single thing blooming in the front yard from tiny to large. I love how young children pick flowers — they go right for the bloom and pull off the very top. They  have zero interest in the things that stress out flower farmers like getting the right stem length.  And once they …

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Compostable Toys and Farm Photos

Again, I am guilty of not keeping up with the farm blog now that the farm is kicking into the real season.  We are so busy with the CSA, selling flowers to a wholesaler and trying to connect with more chefs that writing has been falling by the wayside, and so many writing ideas are slipping away! That’s OK, I will keep trying. I have to share this photo I took of a project my two year old did with the newly harvested baby squash.  She spent a long time moving them around and arranging them until she was happy …

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