Week 6: July 25

Greetings from your farm! As astounding as it seems, this is the last week of July. We are in the throes of planning for Fall school groups and keeping up with the garden. This weeks delivery (#6), also marks the third way point of the season. The garden continues to give generously. The best way I know how to honor the abundance and goodness is to use as much of it as I can in our food at the farm. Your most interesting task this week will be how to incorporate the fennel. It can be braised or broiled very simply, chopped and added to slaws and salads or baked with pasta or eggplant dishes. Do post your discoveries.

Today's box contents:

  • Basil & Italian parsley
  • kale
  • collards
  • Italian fennel
  • green beans
  • cucumbers
  • zucchini
  • cabbage
  • kohlrabi
  • Full Shares contain sweet bell peppers

Of note in the Buttermilk Falls Folk School (sibling project to the CSA) realm are preparations for a Fall 2017 performance of The Wastelands at the farm. Currently in residence indefinitely, artistic director Walken Schweigert is working to bring his experimental folk opera together in the farm setting. It will be performed onsite on September 29, 30 and October 1. The Wastelands, inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison's The Architect's Brother, is first in Children of the Wild's "Rewilding Cycle."

Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. Guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry, The Wastelands travels through places in a process of rewilding: abandoned factories, overgrown shipyards, and sacrifice zones. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands unveils the many faces of our cultural grief: sexism, racism, homophobia, queer-phobia, colonization/colonialism, classism, ethnocentrism, and anthropocentrism.

We'd love to see you here for one of the performances. Times will be announced shortly. There is no cost to attend, and a hat will be passed after each show.