2019 CSA Share ~ Week #10
“An organic farmer is the best peacemaker today, because there is more violence, more death, more destruction, more wars, through a violent industrial agricultural system. And to shift away from that into an agriculture of peace is what organic farming is doing.” Vandana Shiva
This community event has lots to share….hope you can make it there!
WHAT’S IN YOUR SHARE THIS WEEK:
- Lettuce ~ Romaine or Red Leaf
SOME SITES ONLY
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Green Beans
Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Soup
Carrots right out of the field….we’re still enjoying carrots with tops! They’ll be hosed off individually and then sent through the spray washer.
One of our crew, Steve today, will receive them on the other end, make sure they’re clean enough and put them in bins. Carrots freshly washed and ready to send out to you…..Maggie knows how to make the job fun!
This being the 10th week of CSA puts us right in the middle of the Standard Season and in the Dog Days of Summer. The ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days of summer “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days.” The name came about because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky.
Sirius is so bright that the ancient Romans thought it radiated extra heat toward Earth. During the summer when Sirius rises and sets with the Sun, they thought Sirius added heat to the Sun’s heat to cause hotter summer temperatures.
For the ancient Romans, the dog days of summer occurred from about July 24 to around August 24. Over time, though, the constellations have drifted somewhat.
Although the dog days of summer are usually the hottest, they don’t have anything to do with either dogs or the star Sirius. Instead, the tilt of the Earth explains why these days tend to be the summer’s hottest. During summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the tilt of the Earth causes Sun’s light to hit the Northern Hemisphere at a more direct angle, and for a longer period of time throughout the day. This means longer, hotter days during the summer.
This week we would love feature Erin Katovich as our farmer! Erin is new to the farm this season, although she has lived locally most of her life. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Science, Ethics and Food Studies. She is very interested in food production systems, such as biodynamics, that improve the land and lives of both growers and eaters.
Erin is a great addition to our crew. She has seemingly boundless enthusiasm and takes on any task thrown her way. She has a great attitude, a quirky sense of humor, and entertains the crew with her stories and jokes. Erin raises chickens, turkeys & quail, as well as many exotic insect species, such as pet mantids & composition cockroaches. She loves to introduce people to new and exciting types of arthropods (an invertebrate animal of the large phylum Arthropoda, such as an insect, spider, or crustacean). If you came to our Open House back in June, you had the opportunity to meet Erin and her collection of friends and family.
Erin participated in 4H as a child, doing projects with chickens, rabbits, horses, steer, cow-calf, pottery, theatre, sewing, dogs and cats. She has broad knowledge and if she doesn’t now something, she finds out! She also loves o garden, and enjoys focusing on rare edibles and carnivorous plants. She also bakes the crew goodies! If you would like to see some of the insects and plants that Erin raises, and sells, you can visit her Instagram page @quailinthecity.
We hope you all enjoy your box this week….it’s a full one!!
❤️ Linda and all of your Winter Green Farmers