April 1, 2019 We Have to Care!

If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear Friends,
Good morning all and happy April first. For us on the farm, it’s a time for a micro-breathing and appreciating the blooming flowers and vegetables that we’ve bent over, nurtured and protected to get them to the point we can give them to you. That’s a pretty short description of all the work and care we put in to grow food. In my opinion, ‘food’ is pretty much taken for granted these days. I mean, for a lot of people, they don’t even get out of their cars for the calories let alone think about how ‘it’ gets there, from where it comes and who did the work let alone care about a little local farm. Yet we’re still here with the same message..local farms (meaning the people that know how to coax food from the ground) are vitally important for our society. Who and/or where else do you know where it’s a clean and safe environment not only for the crops, but for the multitude of life forms and clean air that we produce and protect. Where else can you pull a carrot or a radish from the teeming soil, watch Monarch butterflies or be delighted by a Praying Mantis? Certainly not from a public park!
There’s a lot of assumptions about ‘farmers’. I know. I hear them all the time. One of my favorites when I try to get someone to understand how expensive it is to do this, is the one ‘well, don’t you get money from the government?” Seriously? First of all, it’s taxpayer money, not some nebulous definition of government and NO, we do not. So it’s up to us and our loyal band of customers that keep us going. So won’t you help by telling friends about our work, how important it is and actually step up and support? And buy a share for a military family through our Hungry Heroes or Produce for Patriots? It really does make a difference!
Flowers are a wonderful gift for friends, family or associates. We’d be happy to include an extra bouquet or two to your deliveries. They’re available through the Green Store or drop me a line and we’ll include them for you.
If you would like to help support the farm and our work,
please consider signing up for our Hungry Heroes program that donates to appreciative San Diego military families or through Produce for Patriots, the non-profit founded by one of our clients, Rob M.
You’ll receive a personal Thank You note from the family that receives.
It’s a good thing all ’round.
Here’s to good food, friends, families and helping others.
Call or email me if you have any questions or need cooking tips.
May our food this week nourish, comfort and sustain you.
Ingredients for the week of April 1, 2019