So much youth and newness surrounds this time of year. Buds and blossoms creaking open, shoots breaking through soil, tender baby transplants being tucked into the earth. It's so easy for me to focus on the novelty and freshness of firsts, and get swept away in the excitement of seeing the first blossom, the first sprout, the first harvest. Just this afternoon, as the Tuesday crew set out zucchini plants over freshly laid plastic in the new high tunnel, we marveled at the miniature yellow fruit that some of the plants were already producing.
All these things are awe-inspiring, and if I allow myself to stay present and appreciate each one, they're all special and meaningful. By this point in the season, though, all the cuteness starts to blend together for me. It's too much to take in. I get tired of relishing new life. Yes, the tomato stems are thickening exponentially and the first round of red kale has clearly taken root and started to settle in. But nothing we've planted this season is anywhere near maturity, or gives off a sense of wear and age. Nothing is strong yet.Read More