David asked me if we are ‘over the hump’ yet. It is usually a moment in the farming season when we are finished most of the soil preparation and summer transplanting, but not yet starting the fall and winter production. It usually coincides with the start of cricket song. We’ve started in on fall/winter crops, and the cricket chorus has definitely begun. I guess we’re over the hump, but it doesn’t feel like there’s any coasting downhill going on. Everyone is working hard and braving the heat and bugs to keep the flow of food from farm to Market happening.
The bullfrogs have also started and they are loud! All night they proclaim their presence from the edge of a series of ponds winding through the middle of the farm. The cedar waxwings are also set up around the ponds to eat mosquitoes (Yay!). Meanwhile, the tomatoes are coming on, and eggplants, and before long, peppers. This week we will have holy basil, or tulsi. I just tried some in the tomato soup we had at lunch and it was very special. Tulsi can also be used for tea. Since we are bringing it in fresh, feel free to smell it. It puts a smile of bliss on everyone’s face.