Week 5 - A Sweet Legacy

 

Dear Spoon Full Farm Family,

Please ruminate on this personal question: How will your presence affect the future? All of the love you share with the people around you will live on, in the form of more love that they express to people around them. The love that you share was itself given to you by others, mainly your elders. And to them, we say, "Thank you!" 

 
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This week, we are sharing sweet love with you in the form of fresh red fruit, to complement the purples and greens of your produce, and for that, we thank our forebears. 

Before this 242-acre piece of land was called "Spoon Full Farm," it was owned by a man named Mick who farmed hay. Over the course of 30 years, Mick had pieced together three plots into one. Mick's legacy here is physically represented by the long wheel lines for hayfield irrigation, as well as a wonderful collection of tractors, ATVs, and a dump truck. 

 
 The farm now known as Spoon Full, as Mick left it, in November 2016.

The farm now known as Spoon Full, as Mick left it, in November 2016.

 

Over the course of our time working and exploring this place, we've discovered the legacies of people who came before Mick. We've learned that a southeast section of the farm used to be a native village called "Klala," which was the largest settlement in the whole valley! And just yesterday, I discovered an incredible cherry tree. 

 
 This tree stopped me in my tracks, on the sweetest run I ever took!

This tree stopped me in my tracks, on the sweetest run I ever took!

 

I was taking a jog, turning back toward the farmhouse from the far end of “River Road,” when I rounded a bend and stopped in my tracks. Swaying in the wind, thirty feet high, the tree was completely, absurdly full of red cherries. It seemed as though there were more fruits than there were leaves. I approached the tree warily, refusing to blink in case the whole thing disappeared like a mirage. Then I picked a big, deep red cherry and popped it into my mouth, and my eyes went wide. It was amazing - lusciously sweet with a deep “cherry” flavor - and it was just one of at least 25,000 cherries on this gorgeous tree. 

 
 Some of the bounty, produced without the aid of irrigation, here in the high desert where we get less rain than LA!

Some of the bounty, produced without the aid of irrigation, here in the high desert where we get less rain than LA!

 

Most incredible of all, the tree has not been irrigated in at least 35 years. What deep roots it must have! Its age, at this point, is anyone’s guess. And so we offer thanks to the nameless folks who planted it, all those years ago, for the abundant sweetness it freely offers to us, and therefore to you.

May your legacy bring such wonderful sweetness to people of the future!

And now, here is the roster of vegetables (and fruit!) in your Spoon Full CSA Week 5 Box (bold items in whole earth box only): 

  • Cherries!
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Romanesco
  • Scallions

And here are some relevant and delicious original recipes: 

Beetroot Fritters

"TnT" Massaged Kale Salad

Drunken Cabbage (mmm!)

Grilled Brocs (go great with grilled brats)

Enjoy everything, please! 

With love,

Spoon Full Farm