We have been very blessed this summer to be able to enjoy fruits and vegetables on the farm since the first day of camp. Beginning with our radishes on July 1st we have picked and eaten squash, zucchini, cucumbers, basil, and mint every day, always harvesting at the peak of freshness and talking about that very thing as we gobble our produce day after day. To hear campers say, “I didn’t know I like fresh vegetables,” or “Wow! Squash is amazing!” has been a real treat for Ivy and me.
This last week of camp, as our harvest opportunities have flown by, we were also able to enjoy our carrots, tomatoes, corn, green beans, and the tiny figs from our tiny fig trees. And with every snack, we talked about sustainable agriculture, organic farming, and the fact that our veggies are so beautiful and tasty without GMOs and the use of toxic chemicals. Though many of the children were sad to be making their final regular visit to the farm this summer, I reminded them that the farm will continue into October.
Next week, a new crop of youngsters will be coming to camp for the Get Your Feet Wet program. The farm will also be a part of this year’s Family Camping weekend (Sept. 4-7), Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 14), and our Sukkot Festival (Oct. 4), when our final harvest of the season will take place.
We hope to see many of you at one or more of these events. Whatever is left on the farm for Sukkot will be sent home with campers and their families.
Finally, the small pomegranate and olive trees in our Seven Species Garden are looking for good homes to care for them over the winter. We are hoping that this Adopt a Tree program will allow us to enjoy our non-native friends for years to come.
Until next week, Stay Dirty.