Dusty and Dog Tired
This is the time for huge daily harvests and by evening our crew is dusty and dog-tired! The hustle and bustle of planting has slowed almost to the end of its season as we are down to half a greenhouse of our last flush of lettuces, brassicas, fennel and our one-time fat and glorious planting of leeks. We will soon put the greenhouses to bed for the season after a thorough weeding and sanitizing. I am always amazed at how fast this part of farming goes. It seems like yesterday we were just getting the heat going and now it is almost too hot to work as the dog days of summer are upon us. Our days start at 6am to harvest the greens in the cooler part of the day and leave squash and cucumbers for the afternoons. The days are very long and although getting shorter, the sun is still very hot until 7 pm. As we end the days often at 9pm and our bodies are quite tired, we look to an evening meal. We delight in fresh lettuces and the incredible abundance of fruit. One of our most favorite farm foodies, Debra Dubief wrote about her love of cherries in our historical farm notes dating all the way back to 2011 when she first started working at Full Circle, and I always find myself returning to this passage at this time of year:
“Sitting out on a warm summers’ eve snacking on a sweet summer stone fruit is one of those simple pleasures that feels so luxurious, especially here in the Northwest where we have some of the very best stone fruit. Whether pitting or spitting, enjoyed simply in that proverbial bowl or turned into a sublime treat, there are few better ways to end a summer meal than with cherries. Some melted chocolate on the side will only further your state of bliss.” This is exactly how we end many of our long days, dog-tired with a bowl of cherries. Thank you Debra for all of your amazing ideas and your love and commitment to organic produce and the artisans over these last 7 years, you are the best!!
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