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my amazing fast-growing watermelon baby

neither tim nor i have ever grown melons before. pitcher mountain — site of tim’s old CSA — is too high and the season is too short for this delicious fruit and so tim never tried to grow it. and me? well, i’ve just been too lazy and uninspired.

no longer! in our front yard, we have 5 containers spilling over with melon vines. we’re growing three varieties of heirloom watermelons, a couple of muskmelons and a couple of sun and moon watermelons. every morning and every afternoon i scrutinize the plants, checking for female flowers (the ones with the miniature fruits at the base). when i find them, i take a cotton swab and do my best to fertilize them with the pollen of a male flower.

when this process is successful, you get what you see here: an amazingly fast-growing fruit that doubles in size over the course of three days! this is my firstborn baby watermelon, his name is filechista khakcencio (it’s a long story and it involves facebook, so i’ll just leave it at that), and i love he.

i could and will just eat him up!

tim returns to pitcher mountain csa ~ stoddard, nh ~ 24aug10


for 6 long, beautiful, intense years, tim was the farmer for pitcher mountain csa. perched on the flank of pitcher mountain in stoddard, nh, the farm was the source of joy and beauty, stress and frustration. i met tim during his last two years of farming there and when i began to go up to visit with and help him out with farm chores, i was overwhelmed by the scope of the endeavor. by the time he left, tim (and a small team of interns) was responsible for starting, planting, growing, nurturing and harvesting about two acres of local, organic vegetables; enough to feed 120 local families.

the decision to leave pmcsa did not come easily for tim. after pouring so much of his soul into this rocky patch of windswept soil, he wasn’t sure what would be left to define him if he gave it up. this cold day in august was the first time tim had returned to pmcsa during harvest season in almost two years. since he left, there have been three other farmers and the scale of the operation has diminished considerably. the dozens of raised beds that he so lovingly crafted have been tilled under, the years of constant weeding have been all but undone. but more important than the changes that have occurred is the simple fact that pitcher mountain csa is still going strong. tim has left a beautiful legacy for his community. i am so proud of what he accomplished on pitcher mountain and what he has accomplished since letting it go.

a trip to the santa fe farmers market ~ santa fe, nm

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP LOCAL AND ORGANIC one of the best farmers markets that we’ve been to takes place in santa fe’s railyard park. it’s a year-round market, so you can enjoy the happy, laid-back, green-chile-and-cheddar vibe even in the depths of winter, but as you might suspect, summertime is the time when the santa fe farmers market really hits its stride. the booths spill out in all directions, laden with everything from the seasonal produce to artisanal breads to giant glass jars of amber honey. an artisans market springs up nearby, full to the brim with southwest tchotchkes and handmade jewelry. live music, balloon artists, and complimentary dog-sitters (canines aren’t allowed in the farmers market due to state regulations) round out the whole experience.

this audio clip captures a few choice moments of our visit. don’t ask me what ethel merman has to do with anything because i’m sure i don’t know.