Basic Maintenance and other unnecessary things
I realized the other day that I just don’t take as many pictures as I used to. It’s as if everything we do here is just no longer fascinating. As if the art of growing food has lost its luster. But then, in a torrent of jubilation, I understood that it’s not that!!! It’s late August. Duh.
The exhaustion has settled subtly upon us like the morning dew, so slyly we never even noticed the predation. Instead, we just noticed that basic maintenance seemed too much of a bother to mess with. “I think I’ll just lay here in bed a few minutes longer—I don’t need to stretch every morning”; “I know meditation helps me control reactions, but so does laying here a while longer”; “I don’t really need to brush my teeth every night”. We fall heavy into bed at a time even we are too embarrassed to admit, “who cares that it’s not even dark yet—I’ll just close this shade…”
Someone wise once told me, “never analyze your career choice in August.” Fortunately, August also brings slightly shorter days and longer shadows, breaths of cooler weather and other harbingers of autumn, and, well, peppers. Do not fret, my friends, this is not my annual ode to capsicum annuum, but just a foreshadow of its approach. It’s a reckoning with the cost of the labor that leads to said fruit of the gods, and a nod toward all the delicious things to come. Yeah, it is always worth it. Always.
Here's what we we're harvesting this week:
Green Beans (stringless): $3.50/pound
Baby Lettuce Salad Mix (limited): $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7
Shishito peppers: $3/pint
Tomatoes (Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, German Johnson, some Margold): $2.95/pound
Tomatoes: canner boxes (small and/or cosmetically challenged tomatoes), 20-pounds, $30
Sungold Cherry tomatoes: $3.50/pint
Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound
Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound
Green peppers: $3.00/pound
Purple bell peppers: $3.50/pound
Poblano Peppers: $3.50/pound
"Hatch" (New Mexican) chiles: $3.50/pound
Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon, a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each
Mallory's Mixed flower bouquets: $11.95 Last week for sure
Basil: $2/1/8 oz bag also probably last week?
We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.