Summer Share #12
My Fine Homestead Newsletter
In This Issue:
  1. Announcements 
  2. In Your Box 
  3. Recipes -Fresh Tomato Pesto
  4. On The Farm . . .
view of our hayfield 
1 .  It's an "Odd week " as in Box #13. If you have an  EOW Share AND you pickup at any of these places:

The Office Market, APT, First Business

This is your week! 

2. Previous newsletters are on our Facebook page .  

3.  ??? Questions ???  

In Your Box
Full Share

Salad Lettuce Mix  - 1/2 lb
Radishes - 1 bunch
Summer Squash/Zucchini - 1
Cucumber - 1 
Cherry Tomatoes - 1 pint
Tomatoes - 1 paste & 1 slicer
Green Bell Pepper - 2
Cayenne Pepper - 3, mildly hot (less than Jalapeno) with sweet flavor, these are excellant in salsa or fried 
Cabbage - 1  green
Garlic - 1 bulb, almost completely dried so this bulb should store well on your counter if you have other garlic waiting to be used
Basil - 1 bunch

  round slicer tomato on the left & heart shaped paste tomato on the left
 Half Share

Salad Lettuce Mix -  1/3 lb
Radishes - 1 bunch
Cucumber - 1
Tomato - 1 paste OR 1 slicer
Green Bell Pepper - 1
Cabbage - 1 green head  
Garlic - 1 bulb, almost completely dried so this bulb should store well on your counter if you have other garlic waiting to be used
Basil - 1 bunch

Fresh Tomato Pesto

1 to 4 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup packed basil, parsley, or arugula leaves
1/3 cup salted cashew, almond or macadamia nuts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic (fresh or roasted)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Throw everything in the food processor. Pulse a few times to chunk it up, then puree on high several seconds until smooth.
2. Scrape down sides and puree a few more times.
3. Store in fridge for a few days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Makes enough for 2 pizzas. Good with pita or tortilla chips, veggies, baguettes, and pasta.
On the Farm . . .

The garlic is just about finished curing. The late tomatoes are finally coming on. Tiny green beans hang on their plants. The cucumbers are happily climbing their trellises, but the summer squash and zucchini have been decimated by the prolific squash bugs. Despite our efforts otherwise, this planting may not yield much more. We have started more seeds, but it might be too late for this season – we’ll see.

Bill harvested more honey. The hives are strong and doing well. The last batch of broiler chicks have been moved out to the pasture. They love the extra room and fresh air. This year’s laying pullets (immature hens) will start laying mid-September so it is time to cull older hens. Marlee reminds us daily that her 6 year-old chicken named Cheetah serves a purpose for our farm even though she no longer lays eggs. She provides companionship and chicken wisdom – we can certainly find room for those attributes!

And with all the rain and warmer temperatures, weed growth has been relentless. I’m not sure I will ever get all the dirt out from underneath my fingernails.

tomatoes & basil in pack shed waiting to be packed in boxes
Aidan and Marlee have been spending considerable time on the shed roof watching to see where the goats have been escaping their fence. Since recently discovering the alfalfa field on the other side of their pasture, they have been persistent about getting out. At the same time, I’ve strongly encouraged the kids to spend their days screen-free (a real challenge in this day and age!). Being modern-day shepherds is a perfect way to contribute to the running of the farm and avoid the tempting videos and games on the computer.

Bill and I can hear them from the vegetable fields calling to each other as they keep track of the goats. Marlee’s higher pitched voice carries farther. It often sounds frustrated. She’s 2 years younger than Aidan and while sometimes is just fine doing her older brother’s bidding, she’s not willing to let him have complete control. Aidan, being older and possessing quite a bit of animal behavior knowledge knows how he wants things done. 

I do my work with one ear listening in case they need someone to bear witness to a heated discussion over which small sapling to cut down as a goat treat. I try not to “solve” these disagreements or pass judgement so they can come to a resolution that suits them both, but often I get impatient and step in – especially if I’m feeling harried with mounting tasks. I forget my most important job is as a parent. 

Yes, it’s important to provide a home and model a good work ethic, but it’s just as important to be present and patient as my children learn to navigate tense situations with high emotions. It’s important to take time to ask what they are thinking. It’s important to listen to a story about a funny thing one of the goats just did, or to lament over a bruised knee wondering how it got hurt.

These fleeting moments in the whole of my life, that I’m not paid for in money, are often not taken. Yet they are the real reward for my work. Participating in them, I’m paid something more valuable than a secondary reinforcement of money; I’m paid joy, satisfaction, and an overwhelming sense that everything will be ok – even if the goats get out and have a few more bites of alfalfa.

Have a great week,