May is For Movement
It’s always amazing how exponentially fast the month of May moves in the world of farming here in the Pacific Northwest. Almost all the deciduous trees have leafed out, all migratory birds have arrived and hunkered into nesting, mornings now begin well before dark and evening lasts almost until nine at night. The true lure of summer has arrived, and the frenzied pace of work is upon us. As farmers, we always need to balance the concept of growing food and feeding many, with the reality of not forgetting to feed ourselves. We used to joke when we first began, and as Gen X babies from the late 60’s, that we were farming by Hostess. Somehow, HoHos snack cakes would taste good mixed in with all of our fresh organic veggies in the late afternoon— guess it’s the balance of good and bad. Those days have passed, and our bodies are now regulated to healthier protein snacks and less sugar.
Everyone in our current turmoil at home or on the frontlines are trying to find comfort and time in feeding our bodies, bringing peace to our worried minds and recognizing that there are still so many folks that could use extra help in providing meals for their family. We make the loving request again that if you are in a place to donate a box, it is very easy to do on the website (fullcircle.com/donate), and it helps so many in a hard time receive fresh fruits and veggies. Our partner, Northwest Harvest, has been working exponentially to create availability to those in need, and every act of giving makes a difference. When veggies are in the home they will be consumed; but too often they are not within reach, so let’s join together in providing alternatives to the all-too-easy sugary snacks, and leave the Hostess moments far in the past.
In between the rain, we have been transplanting and harvesting beautiful Red and Easter Egg radishes, and dark leafy spinach. Cheers to our first harvest of 2020! The row cover has come off these luscious spring veggies, and we are quick to claim them before the hungry beetles feast. The winds have been strong, and we are starting to take note that our first lettuce planting, in its delicious baby state, will be calling the elk in soon. Not so fast! We are on it, and will be protecting them for your farm-to-table boxes.
Stay safe and help all of us to eat well!
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