Friday, January 24, 2014

Slow Food

Some variation of these pictures have been posted over the years. With that said, I think that some repetition is a good thing. While these pictures are posted long after the fact, you can look back fondly at the bounty you enjoyed from one local farmer or another this past year. And you can look forward to what is coming your way this coming season.

Pictured below is a variety of lettuce called Skyphos. It is a most delicious butterhead. It is very delicate and you are not likely to find it in a grocery store, even one that would carry more specialized types of produce. And it is gorgeous!

The bee hives at the farm continue to function. While no honey was harvested this season, the bees were busy doing their essential work of pollinating. For those not familiar with the issue, honey bees are in peril. Hives around the country have been dying in vast numbers. The cause of the die offs is not certain, but it does seem related to pesticides and herbicides. There is much information available if you want to read more about this topic. Remember, no bees, no food.

Here are various plants in their seeding trays. After seeding the plants germinate, start to grow, get moved outside (the following picture), and then get planted in the ground. As mentioned, the record rains of June, and near record rainfall in July, led to many plants staying in their seeding trays way to long. All farmers encounter problems similar to this, but small, sustainable, organic farmers are more vulnerable.

 Here's a small sampling of some of the bounty that was brought to market.

 For those who enjoy the simple joy of growing their own food, we have brought plants of various vegetables, tomatoes, basils, and herbs to market. If you are interested in growing your own we can provide you with fresh, healthy, and organic plants. If not from Z Food Farm, check with a local farmer near you. At a local farm you will have a better chance of getting a fresh, healthy plant to grow.

At ZFF the fields are covered with snow and the temperature is bitterly cold. However, the seed order is in the process of being developed and the plans are to start seeding towards the end of February. Cheers to the coming season!!

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