These ridiculous temperatures aside, things around the farm are really starting to cook. . .
The Seeds of Peace came out Wednesday to talk about serving people and starting grass roots movements. They started at the farm and then wandered over to help out at Catherine's Cupboard (that is our food pantry for you folks from away). Afghans, Palestinians, Israelis, Mainers, Indians, they were all there - young people wanting to make a positive impact on the world. We made the nightly news. . . . The young lady that channel 6 interviewed was wise beyond her years, as were many of them. And what a joy to see them volunteering at the Cupboard, working together and sharing joy with the pantries clients. It just proves that there is hope brewing in the younger generations. . . .On the farm the Kinder-Garden came out and painted rock-bugs and built fairy houses while learning about insects in the garden. The heat was pretty tremendous but there was much fun to be had. The kids, in their benevolence, put a halt to all work on the farm and had the interns come and paint with them.We are currently harvesting summer squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, kale, collards, and greens.This truly is the best time of the year, and it looks promising to continue well into the autumn. We will most definitely be out to market this weekend and while we are offering all of the above, we are looking forward to the green and purple beans that are just about a week away from harvest. . . they will be followed by tomatoes then peppers.
We are also very excited about our new permanent attraction. . . the bees.With much thanks Saint Joe's very own Dr. Mitschele Pearson's Town now has two happy looking hives of honey bees.They serve two very important purposes: For us farmers they mean extra pollinators in our fields which promises a potential for higher produce yields. For the students it means honey!! Not this year as the hive needs time to grow and establish but next year and hopefully many years to come!!!
For you folks with allergies or fears, dread not the bees will be moving to their permanent home a bit off of the beaten path in a week or so. For now they are out front in the parking area while we are preparing them a place, but they offer no harm to the nonthreatening visitor.
Mark July 31rst on your calendar - that will be our next open farm day. Come by and check out all the fun. . .