Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday June 9th, 2004
Hello! Hope you all are doing well. We are into June now, and a bit of a dip in the produce. Seems to always come around this time of year. One of my winter projects this year will be to brainstorm for variety in June. July will bring diversity a plenty though, so that is sure something to look forward to. One nice thing about June is that it brings my birthday. On the 24th I will be 29, what a great age! I look forward to my thirties.
This past week we have caught up on some crucial weeding on the farm. We made a sweep through the onions, the second planting of carrots, the asparagus and the leeks. I also spent most of the weekend mowing the property with the tractor. I was mowing a field on our property that had not been mowed in about a year and a half. Things had grown up pretty high, but the bushhog (powerful mower for the tractor) could handle it. A wild turkey was lying on her eggs in the field, and as I drove by her I spotted her as she flew up and away. I got off the tractor to see what she was up to, and that is when I saw that she had been laying on 12 beautiful eggs. My neighbor was nearby fishing in my pond and I asked for his advice on the situation. James (my Cedar Grove idol and local father figure) told me that if I were to even touch the eggs that I would be breaking the law. I guess the wild turkeys are protected pretty strictly, as well as their eggs. The worry is that if folks hatch them out on their own and re-introduce them into the wild, that they may bring some sort of unfamiliar disease back in with them and contaminate the wild turkey population. So, I had to leave the eggs in their place. James also told me that the mother turkey once scared off her nest would not return to it. That was pretty sad for me to realize that I had disturbed such a wonderful natural event. So it goes I guess, cause and effect. James also told me that at this point in the season, she would not lay again. She will though, start again next spring.
My husband, Dan Stern (Curator Coker Arboretum) has written a wonderful book. The book is called A Haven in the Heart of Chapel Hill and is written as a walking tour through the arboretum on the UNC campus. The book also includes some interesting history on the arboretum, as well as some beautiful locally produced paintings and pictures of specimens in the arboretum. He will be signing books this Saturday starting at 1pm at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Durham (next to Lowe's hardware off 15/501). I am proud of him if you couldn't tell already!
Back to the CSA! I hope you all have been enjoying your garlic and looking in your cookbooks for storage info and good recipes to use it in. Garlic does store longer if you keep it in the fridge, but keep in mind also that so far you have been receiving green garlic. This means that it has not been dried hence the lack of a papery consistency around the cloves and heads. You can dry the heads yourself if you like by leaving them on the counter, or hanging somewhere at room temperature. The taste of the cloves does get a little stronger as they are dried, if you would like to try this out. You could also eat it fresh at any point.
What to look forward to...
As I mentioned earlier, July will bring a bunch of goodies with it. Tomatoes will start to ripen soon, and you will receive a good amount of diverse heirloom varieties. The cherry Sungold tomatoes have just started to ripen. There are only a few on the vines right now ready to eat, but they will start to come on more abundantly now and you will see them in shares soon enough. They are such a great treat! Enjoy your weeks share. Thanks! Elise.
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