A Hint of History 13th – Harvest Week: Tue, Wed, & Thurs Delivery for Sept 4, 5, & 6, 2012

Farmer John Writes . . .                                                                                   

Greetings from Angelic Organics

Open House 9 a.m. to 4 pm, Sat, Sept 15 Bioblitz

IMPORTANT: There will be no potluck at this open house. Please plan ahead to bring your full meal. All farm shareholders will receive a free pumpkin, and some gourds.

Farmer John Presents at Bioblitz

At 10 am., I’ll present the history (and a bit of fable) concerning the Kinnikinnick Woods and Fields. I’ll show some of the 100 or so Native American artifacts that my dad found on the land when he was young, talk a bit about the settlement of cabins and the grist mill that were nestled in the woods in the middle of the 19th century, and about the nearby cemetery where many of the early settlers from the area are buried. You might want to stop at the cemetery and look at the tombstones on your way to the Bioblitz. The cemetery is alongside the driveway down to the farm and across from the limestone schoolhouse where Haidy and I live, constructed in the 1840’s. Besides serving as a one-room school for over 100 years, our home, locally known as the Bamlett School, also served in its early years as a community center and church.

Farmer John also Presents at the 2012 Cusp Conference, Chicago, Sept 20, Museum of Contemporary Art Theater

I’m excited to present at the upcoming Cusp Conference in Chicago, Sept 19 and 20. Wikipedia states: “Cusp Conference is an annual gathering of thinkers, innovators, creators, skeptics, believers, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business and design.” The Cusp theme is The Design of Everything. My presentation: The Sculpting of Social Spaces at Angelic Organics.

Jun Shi, Mingyuan Wang, Farmer John, Hao Wu and Interpreter

Jun Shi, Mingyuan Wang, Farmer John, Hao Wu and Interpreter

Life on the Farm

A most enthusiastic delegation from China recently visited the farm in order to research Community Supported Agriculture and how it might be an applicable model for a food system in China. One of the delegates has 2000 residential developments that he would like to supply with healthy food. They asked if Haidy and I might be willing to visit China to help guide the fledgling healthy food movement there. Maybe, for a month or so, though I’m still travel weary from touring for five years with The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

A Shareholder Writes

I know this has been a really tough year to farm. The weather has been exceedingly hot AND the drought has heavily impacted yields. I just want you and the whole team to know that our box was incredible and I am impressed each week with the beautiful produce. I know your team is working really hard this year–and it definitely shows–despite the fact that the weather is working against you.

with gratitude,

Rebekah

Note from Farmer John

Rebekah, Thank you for noticing the work, the weather and the crops this season. We are very happy when our farm becomes lively in the hearts and minds of our shareholders. From all of us at Angelic Organics

Warmly,

Farmer John

Box Contents

Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.

Fruiting Crops – bagged tomatoes, heirloom tomato, hot peppers, spaghetti squash and maybe eggplant or maybe sweet peppers
Cooking Greens –bag of chard
Salad Greens – lettuce
Root crops – carrots, beets, potatoes
Allium – leeks, maybe onions
Herbs – sage

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