June 6, 2014

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"Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery." ~Wendell Berry

We have watched them from seeds placed in the soil, to unfurling leaves, reaching tendrils, climbing vines, rain drenched flowers, to abundant fruits.  The sweet peas have arrived!  Ninety two pounds of peas were harvested yesterday; over a period of five hours with ten hands steadily picking them.  What a joy it is to share them with each of you.  We hope you will enjoy them all the more, knowing they are coming to you from a local farm, grown with care, and harvested with much gratitude.  They are prolific and offering more fruits everyday, so if God wills, we will continue to harvest and share in the coming weeks.

The cool days and periodic gentle rains are providing an ideal environment for the continuation of spring greens.  An abundance of kale is standing vibrant and strong in the field, crisp from the recent rain.  The spinach has re-carpeted the beds from which the leaves were cut for last weeks share, and the young turnips have filled the space from which last weeks mature turnips were pulled.  All the crops are singing the quality of generosity as they give nourishment to us and then multiply to give more.  

The bee hive that was divided two weeks prior into two hives, echoes that quality of generosity and expansion, as the bees seem to have settled into their expanded quarters.  Bees are flying in and out with vigor, full of pollen and nectar.  We choose not to feed them sugar water, a practice often suggested when dividing a hive, and trust in nature to provide their needs.  It was a valuable lesson in trust, and we are grateful to see how they are acclimating and expanding into their new homes.  We have uncovered a row of spring kale that went to flower as a offering to the bees, as we have plenty of kale to share with all of you already.  One row now stands in glorious yellow splendor, with the bees dancing around all the flowers.

Another exciting project currently happening at the farm is the construction of a cobb oven.  This dream seed was planted years ago and nurtured with patience.  The seed is unfurling, as the pea seeds did, and nearing the time of fruition.  We hope to give it a test run or two over the next month as we widdle away at completing the dome, and then host a CSA potluck, complete with wood fired pizza with toppings fresh from the garden.  Updates on the way, as we await the fruits of the project.  This week as we enjoy our sugar snap peas, I am reflecting on the many metaphors and qualities the garden whispers and shines forth in to our hearts.   Our dreams are like seeds, when planted with good intention, faith, patience, the water of love, and attention; manifest as glorius fruits that give generously and without need of any return.

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With Peace and Blessings,
Halima Jen Willett
Farm of Peace
1212 Haven Lane
Warfordsburg, PA 17267
717-573-2956 (Farm house)
717-404-0326 (Cell Phone)

Farm of Peace
Community Supported
Delivery Schedule

On Farm Pick Up 
 Full and Half Shares

Mom's Organic Market 1:00
Full and Half Shares

10 Sherman Ave. Takoma Park, MD
Full and Half Shares

3220 Morrison Ave.
Washington DC, NW
Full Shares

ADAMS Center
Sterling, VA
Full Shares

Berkeley Spring Farm Market, WV
10am-2pm Sunday
Full and Half Shares 

Please contact Jesse Mills at 240-674-3356 with any questions during the delivery period.
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Weekly Harvest

Sugar Snap Peas

Pea Shoots

Mesclun Lettuce Mix


Green Afro and/or Red Winter Kale

Sweet White Turnips




Steamed Sugar Snap Peas 
(Farmer John's Cookbook)

1 cup peeled, seeded, diced papaya
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 T minced onion (scallion)
2 t lime juice
2 t rice vinegar
1/8 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 pound sugar snap peas
Combine the papaya, cilantro, onion, lime juice, rice vinegar, salt, and white pepper in a medium bowl.  Gently toss the ingredients until well combined.

Remove stem from the pea pods. Place the peas in a steamer basket over boiling water, cover, and steam until they are just crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Drain the peas and immediately run cold water over them.  Transfer the peas to a clean, dry towel and pat dry.
Arrange the sugar snap peas on a plate and top with the papaya salsa.