Tuesday, September 16, 2008

turtles and turnips

We harvested all morning for Tuesday's distribution. I personally pulled 500 radishes, yanked 100 giant turnips, cut 50 heads of lettuce, and decapitated 120 heads of broccoli. And all of this before 11am, when we started packing share boxes. A funny scene ensued--- the produce we had picked for this week's share (including 8 pounds of tomatoes, 4 peppers, scallions, 2 heads of tat soi, 1 head of lettuce, 1 zucchini, 1 bunch of radishes, 1 bunch turnips, 4 onions, 3 pounds of potatoes, 2 delicata squash, 1 head of garlic, 1 pound of yellow beans, did I forget anything? Oh, we didn't have room for the arugula.) would just barely fit in the boxes. It was insane. The distribution here at the farm went smoother, with folks helping themselves to 2 bulbs of fennel from the fields in addition to all the usual u-pick items. People often had to make 2 trips back to the car.
Hauling the turnips in from the field, I couldn't help but start humming the Mario Brothers theme song. One turnip was actually the size of a large grapefruit. No, a pummelo.
And the snapping turtles have hatched! Remember those round white eggs we dug up a few weeks ago in the potato field? Well, they've been safe inside a bucket of dirt in the barn and now there are 34 little crawling creatures.
They are so cute. We released them at the edge of the swamp.

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