Last week we discovered an interesting mushroom:
We had another first on the farm - we harvested some of our grapes. This year the black rot and the birds weren't able to get to the all, so Bill picked a few clusters and made some grape jam!
We've added another delivery stop on Wednesdays - a medical clinic. We have two physicians who have been ordering from us and this week I briefly met their office manager and gave her our farm information to share. Looking back to the very beginning, when I tried to sell our excess produce alongside my crafts at the farmers' market and was regarded as a freak, it's amazing to see how far this community has come. As more and more individuals become aware of the serious problem with our food system and/or are diagnosed with serious, chronic illnesses, the local and chemical-free food that we sell is becoming more popular. We're excited to see how things are going for us and for other local, chemical-free farms.
I've been a bit worried about the butterflies lately. We have two butterfly bushes plus some wild butterfly weed that are completely covered with butterflies at some point during the summer. This year - nada. During our walk last night, I was saddened when I realized the butterfly weed was no longer blooming and so wouldn't feed any butterflies this year. All I could think about was how our toxic brew that we've created here on earth had eliminated butterflies in our area. However, yesterday morning, while I was waiting for a customer to meet me at the farm house to pick up an order, I saw some tiger swallowtails. Yay - they're back! And better late than never.
Have a good weekend!