Tomorrow is the summer solstice! Of all the seasonal shifts, this one always feels the most like an afterthought to the season itself. By which I mean it feels as if summer is already upon us in many ways, but tomorrow makes it “official.”
It also means that tomorrow will be the longest day of the year. This is it, friends! The most daylight we’ll have in one day! Last night as I went to bed just after dark finally settled over the farm I stood at a screen window and listened to the sounds of the night. In the summer, night is rarely quiet around here. Last night I heard the sound of people in the distance visiting, the chick-chick of a sprinkler running in a field, the dull roar of a motor (probably the motor on the big sprinkler itself), and the “night birds.” That’s what we call the birds that gather in trees near our house and make quiet calls and rustling sounds all through the dark.
Even though days will now begin to shorten (as we turn again in this great spin around the sun!), those night sounds will continue for months to come. This is such an alive time of year, not containable in even the many hours of the day. Here on the farm, we can see the wave of summer produce and fruit forming.
It’s such a fabulous time of year, especially here in Oregon. Happy Summer! Enjoy this week’s vegetables and all that are to come!
Your farmers, Katie & Casey Kulla
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Meet this week’s vegetables:
- Basil — When we move new basil starts around in the greenhouse in early spring, we might brush a plant gently and suddenly be transported directly to summer. Smell is like that, and the smell of basil is summer for us. This is the first of the season! More to come, along with other summer delights.
- Salad mix
- Head lettuce
- Napa cabbage
- Regular cabbage
- Fava beans
- Chard or kale
- Spring onions