All I can think about right now is how delightfully cool it is outside. It is just past 6 am and the harvest day is already rolling so I don’t really have time to delve into writing. There are smiles everywhere though on this crisp morning, the heat broke yesterday and the temperature dropped into the 60’s last night, imagine that. Happy farmers.
Now, off to pluck the fruits of our labor to adorn your meals, back later with more news.
Back again, the harvest is near completion, William sleeps and I have my quiet Friday computer moment. The past week on the farm has been hectic, hectic, hectic. Hill and Hollow has been the destination for old friends and new and we just smiled and welcomed so many lovely folks. Luckily, the farm is perfect for work right now, the soil is dry and the forecast for more dry weather so we took the extra hands as a sign to get as much done as possible. The week began with the arrival of two young ladies we have known since they were toddlers. With one heading off to a study abroad, it was a significant visit, I can remember my days of study and travel abroad and how wide open my mind was blown from such experience. It was amazing to imagine my young friends heading off for such an adventure. To be sure she remembered the hollow as she roamed the cobbled streets of France, we planted and mulched a new crop of cucumbers, cleared out the old cucumber bed and readied it for Fall planting, raked off the garlic patch, weeded and mulched the basil, and snuck in a fishing trip on the cumberland river! Practically the moment we bid these fine gals farewell, we welcomed my son’s best friend, my honorary second teenage son to the farm for a short end of summer visit. These two guys pretty much take care of themselves these days and they busied themselves working on a new portable duck coop. The structure is not complete, but the boys made a ton of progress and seemed to have a blast. Holy smokes, I almost forgot, in the midst of all of this my boy and I headed to town to get his learner’s permit. Yes, it is true, my first born is old enough to drive. On the road. I admit to not being quite sure how I feel about this, but I am more often than not in the passenger seat these days….whoa.
Back to the hill and hollow revolving door. I suppose the biggest arrival of the week goes to Lewis and Hanna. You all probably know Lewis by his former name at the farmers market: the goat cheese guy. Ready for a life change, Lewis and his lovely wife Hanna have officially moved to the farm. A wee bit uncertain of their next step, they arrived here mid week and we are all rather thrilled. We have spent the past days integrating them into life in the hollow and being thrilled with their presence here. It is fun to welcome friends and create a new context for interaction and we all delight in the many hands that make work so much quicker and more efficient. So bring on Fall. Bye Bye flood damage, we are in full recovery mode. The sky is clear, the air less humid. Bring it on, I say, bring it.
Cherry Tomato, Melon, And Mint Salad
4 cups melon balls, scooped from a ripe, sweet watermelon at room temperature
3 cups ripe ‘Sungold’ cherry tomato halves, at room temperature
4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh spearmint
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Adapted from The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor, by Jerry Traunfeld
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