August 18, 2012 

letter head csa

"When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."
~Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution


Raining Tomatoes

Rainbow of Tomatoes
Nai'ma's Rainbow of Tomatoes 
The above quote really touched my heart.  It is clear to see in the picture at right the joy that creating the vibrant rainbow of tomatoes brought to Nai'ma.  It passed on to the customers at our Farm Market booth in Berkeley Springs with a bright display, complemented by purple veined garlic, deeply colored eggplant and bunches of bright sunflowers.  One customer walked away with a bunch of sunflowers, proclaiming, "It impossible not to be happy while your holding a sunflower."  It is impossible for me not to be happy watching someone find such joy in sorting out cherry tomatoes into such a beautiful display. Her artisic nature finds beauty and expression in all kinds of ways, even tomatoes.  If I had a picture of the food she prepares from her shares, I would share that too.  Always a masterpiece.

 It is intriguing to watch and learn how to dance in the garden and kitchen with helpers.  What brings one person joy, might seem like a nightmare to another.  Sort all those tomatoes!!!  What seems monatonous to one, may be easy and meditative to another.  Lori is an all star on the scale.  She comes in each week and weighs out all those bags of green beans, one by one and enjoys the girl time in the kitchen to talk.  Her husband however grabs a basket and is headed to the field, not staying in the kitchen one minute longer than needed, and returns with baskets full of produce.  Being in the field in the early morning sun is a gift beyond measure.  Shamsa shows such great care for everything she does, that is always shining with cleanliness and care, and her presence keep me grounded!  Her husband too, heads out with the guys into the field and pops in and out of the kitchen always willing to lift a heavy basket and always with a smile.  Sandy Amina can handle the tedious tasks and even finds them fun.  When I mentioned I needed help shelling a ridiculous amount of chickpeas, her response was "What fun!"  What a blessing!!! 

Tomato Horn Worm
Children's Art from the Farmers' Market 
After spending a couple hours doing some early prep for tomorrow's delivery, I wanted to take a moment to honor them and all they give as volunteers to bring together the harvest and send it your way each week.  The list could go one with more to thank~ our weekly work crew, the members who support us and our children who jump up to help as soon as we ask...usually! 

 My heart is in awe of how perfectly this creation is orchestrated, how different we each are and yet it all works out perfectly, each complementing the other. With all the unique and beautiful qualities of our helpers, your share comes together, in it's rainbow of beauty and nourishment, infused with the joy and love of those who prepared it.   
Please note that we will not run any deliveries on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1st and 2nd.  This week we will be taking a break from ALL CSA Deliveries, and will resume the following week.  I will send a reminder with delivery notices. 

Hope you enjoy the locally grown goodness, and delight in knowing it's fresh, clean, and picked right before you received it! 

Thank you for joining us this season to share in the harvest and all of it's beauty, nourishment, and healing.  

Please contact us any time with questions.  You are always welcome to come visit!

  Amin and Halima2
Peace and Blessings~

Halima Willett 

Fall CSA
September 22nd thru November 10th
Fall Swt Potato Harvest
Kids helping with Fall sweet potato harvest  
We are inviting new members to join us for the Fall season!  
 If you have a Spring/Summer membership and would like to continue through the fall, we are now accepting enrollments.
Please share with others this opportunity to support local agriculture while receiving the healing nourishment it provides. 

This Weeks Harvest

swiss chard

Bunch of Swiss Chard
Bunch of Beets
Heirloom Tomatoes
"Rainbow" Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumber and/or Squash
Green Peppers
Jalepeno Peppers
Big bag of Green beans
2 bulbs of Garlic
Bag of Basil

 Green Beans  
green bean flower

Green beans and French beans are a variety of legume; and hence the relative of peas, peanuts, lentils and the many varieties of dried beans.  Their pods are edible because of the selective breeding to make them flavorful at an early or immature stage of growth. Like their cousins, the dried beans, they are high in calcium, potassium and B-complex vitamins.  They have a higher carotenoid content than the dried variety and are are often more digestible.  String beans were particularly recommended by the late physician Henrey Bieler as a treatment for the pancreas and salivary glands because they are rich in alkaline-ash minerals.
~Sally Fallon

Stir Fry Green Beans with Cashews 
1 lb of green beans (one share)
1/2 cup cashews
2 T olive oil
1/2 t grated ginger
2 T soy sauce
1/2 c water, orange juice, or chicken stock
1 T arrowroot mixed with 1 T of water
1 t raw honey
1 t sesame oil
1 clove garlic
dried rosemary
Combine ginger, soy sauce, water or stock, honey, sesame oil, garlic, and rosemary.  Mix thoroughly with a wire whisk.  Heat the oil in a skillet or wok.  Stir fry the beans until just tender, about 5 minutes.  Add cashews and the sauce mixture and bring to a boil.  Add the arrowroot mixture and simmer until the sauce thickens and all the beans are well coated.