WILD HARE WEEKLY, SUMMER #13
There's plenty to be said about the level of exhaustion a farmer might feel approaching the final days of August, but I'm learning that decision fatigue is the real kicker. There are just five more weeks left before we transition into our Fall Share, and as year-round growers, we're looking at a years worth of choices all at once in August, setting the next nine months of our farms livelihood in motion at the same time that we're experiencing and evaluating the consequences of choices and plans we set in motion as far back as February of this year. If I could only insane number of decisions Mark and I find ourselves having to make on the fly, or laboring over the consequences of each and every day. Actually I don't even want to try and count that. It hurts. But you should know that the process of working backward from forming a given week's share ingredients to crop planning is a deliberate one that almost never goes off without a hitch, hence the mind numbing array of decisions that we're making as we go along. Read More
For example, heading into this week, I was thinking we might let up on the lettuce for a week for the CSA in favor of some bunching greens, but then just look at those heads, will you? They're perfect and gorgeous this week, and looking at a forecast of nearly ninety over the next couple of days, harvesting that butter lettuce in addition to some greens, and keeping those sweet crisp heads in our collective fridges is the better choice made all the more prudent by the upcoming Labor Day weekend. I know we've had a whole lotta lettuce this Summer, but our crop rotations will thank us for it, and we'll be looking back on our lettuce wraps and quick BLTs longingly long about November, I promise. Not to mention the buckets of tomatoes, stone fruit, sweet onions, corn, zucchini and cucumbers. Let's hear it for all of those Summer sweeties this week too, because I'm not going to choose a favorite.