CSA Week 14 - Work hard, play hard

Carrots, corn, romaine, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, sungolds, padron peppers, strawberries and plums.

Carrots, corn, romaine, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, sungolds, padron peppers, strawberries and plums.

Managing work with social time can be a bit tricky for a farmer this time of year.  When the harvest season is in full swing there's less time for other farm chores.  The crops must get harvested all while the irrigating, weeding, bed prepping, seeding, vending and a list of other things still demand the farmer's attention.  It's important to step back a little and instead of seeing how much work there is to do, focus on how great everything looks!  The farm has blessed us with a great harvest season so far and our customers are happy and have expressed much gratitude for the produce we grow.  It's okay to step away a little.  The farm is doing fine.  It's okay to take some time to irrigate and weed our spirits so we can continue to grow and thrive in the best way we know how.  This is exactly what we did this past week.  

During a mid-morning break early last week we took a field trip to Wild Child Flower Company in Crow.  Sara, who runs the flower farm, is a good friend and neighbor and Brandon and I have wanted to visit her farm for some time now.  Her place is such a delight and, although brief the visit was, it was a pleasure to see Sara and all the amazing work she has done.  If you are so inclined, she has a flower CSA that is well worth the price as well as offers flower arrangements for weddings and other formal events.  Here's a link to her webpage  http://www.wildchildflowerco.com/

Brandon amist the flowers at Wild Child Flower Company

Brandon amist the flowers at Wild Child Flower Company

One of several sunflower varieties Sara grows

One of several sunflower varieties Sara grows

Finding time for stocking up is a fundamental part of our lifestyle.  Each year I try to experiment with at least one new recipe.  This year it was sungold jam!  This is definitely going to be a new staple canning chore for years to come.  Served with crackers and goat cheese.....YUM!

Brandon and I both share a passion for backcountry adventures.  It had been over a year since our last wilderness campout and we were itching to get back out into the mountains.  So we packed our packs and closed the gate to the farm for two days and headed out to the South Sister's Wilderness Area.  The plan was to hike to base camp at Moraine Lake, then wake up early the next morning and start for the South Sister summit, hiking by moonlight.

On our way to Moraine Lake

On our way to Moraine Lake

The hike to the lake was so beautiful.  We opted for the longer route so we could hike alongside fall creek for a great portion of the trail.  So many waterfalls and cool shaded forest, a pleasant easy-going four miles.  Arriving at Moraine Lake, we set up camp right away and boiled water for a cup of earl grey tea.  We relaxed, and soaked in the scenery of the lake and mountain and then prepared a delicious and filling dinner, (why is it everything taste sooooo much better when you're camping?) before crashing out early into our snug tent. 

The view from our campsite

The view from our campsite

We left camp early the next morning for the summit with just our day packs and enjoyed the quiet of the moonlit trail.  It wasn't easy for this unconditioned hiker but it was worth every step.  We arrived at the top of the mountain and had the whole summit to ourselves. Clear skies and amazing views! 

At the summit of South Sister

At the summit of South Sister

I won't lie...I felt like an old lady when I stepped out of the car after getting home from our weekend away.  Sift and sore ALL over.  Brandon and I were both a little bit slow moving the next day at work, our harvest and pack out day for our CSA, but it all came together.  One of the most amazing things happened while we were gallivanting in the mountains....we didn't talk about the farm, not once!  This wasn't even intentional.  We just took time to feed our own souls and enjoy each other's company.  It was perfect. 

Your Farmer,

Andréa