Farmer's Market 7-6-19
We hope everyone had an enjoyable Fourth of July. One of the things I enjoy most about the Fourth is that the music featured that day on 90.5 WUOL is always by American composers. A lot of Aaron Copland ("Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo", etc) Virgil Thomson's "The River" and "The Plough That Broke the Plains", Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and many other pieces that are a part of our great heritage of American music.
Many of these compositions, though often written to be performed by large orchestra's, are based on folk music. That is, music that came out of the community for the benefit of the community. Not to sell records (oops!, I mean downloads) but express the very essence of who we are as human beings, They have an earthiness and raw beauty that distinguishes them from much other music. This is music rooted in the land. From a period when our country was much more rooted to the land. A time when everyone understood where food came from and the struggle to work in harmony with nature. A time when there were no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. When you hear Copland's treatment of the Shaker tune "'Tis a Gift to be Simple" in "Appalachian Spring", you are immediately drawn to the fields, meadows and mountains of the countryside and can smell the aroma of freshly turned earth and flowering plants.
This is music that speaks deeply to me because it represents much of what I am rooted in and what we are trying to do at Harmony Fields. We are growing food in the context of a community of people who share our values. We are growing food in a way that honors and respects nature.
The fresh earth that has not been tampered with, but only nurtured, will produce even when others won't. We started digging potatoes yesterday. Talk about fresh earth, that's where they grow and they come out of the ground with much of it still clinging to them as if the earthly particles are admonishing them -- "a little of me is going with you -- I have nurtured you and now it's your turn to go nurture another being." Come today and be nurtured with some wonderfully fresh and flavorful Red Norlands.
They are smaller than normal be we feel very fortunate to have any at all. Many organic farmers have lost their potatoes this year because of overwhelming weed pressure. We hand weeded ours and it has paid off. We also took advantage of the dry weather to plant the rest of the potatoes we have been holding in one of the walk-in coolers so hopefully we will have more in the future.
The lettuce also looks and tastes amazing. We have finally gotten all of our transplants and seeds in the ground, but as I said earlier, it will be a while before we will be harvesting.
It's going to be warm today. I encourage you to come early. Come celebrate not only the joy of harvest, but the joy of community and connection to the land that we all have, even if we aren't aware of it. It is deep within us all. It's part of being human. Let it out.