It’s raining again, but I’m pretty unfazed about it. The intrepid Kate Jones is off to the Bridgton Farmers’ Market while Sonya and I gear up for some greenhouse weeding, paperwork, and, of course, hanging out with Miss Lydia. As nutty as this sounds, I think we actually need this spot of rain. After a mostly sunny week and yesterday’s heat, some of the crops were looking like they could use a drink. We also finally did some planting this week–seeded beans and transplanted cucumbers–and those could use the rain, too. We’re very grateful that things have turned around a bit. It remains to be seen how the rest of the season will go (and grow), but at least we can get out there and WORK now: till with the tractor, plant, try to tackle the forests of weeds, etc.
I thought I’d pass along a few tidbits from the latest MOFGA “Bulletin Board” e-mail that some of you might be interested in. We are lucky to have a number of CSA members who are teachers, and you teachers might want to check out “Connecting Classrooms to Cafeterias: From Arugula to Zucchini “, a conference for K-12 educators in Gorham on August 7th. Topics include school composting, how to integrate school gardens into the curriculum, food preservation, and much more. More info. can be found here.
MOFGA’s Organic Marketing Consultant, Cheryl Wixson, is developing a report on the current production and future needs of what she calls the “Maine Local Twenty”, twenty common foods that are easily produced here in Maine. You can view the list here.
Finally, MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair is coming up fast: September 25-27. To pull off this annual event, MOFGA relies heavily on volunteer help both before, during, and after the fair. If you’re interested in getting involved, check out this link. General info. about the fair itself (we highly recommend that you go!) can be found here.
Thanks once again to CSA member, midwife-in-training, proud Wisconsiner, and all-around swell person, River Foss, for her help on Friday morning with harvesting and weeding!