Happy plants

We feel like we are in full swing now at the farm—most of our plantings 
are in as we look ahead to a bountiful summer and fall harvest. 
After our big planting party a few weeks ago, 
we added a greenhouse behind the girl & the fig 
for micro greens and herbs, which will make the chefs very happy.
new greenhouse behind the girl & the fig
And speaking of happy, we recently talked about "a sense of place in our food," 
 the idea of "terroir," and shared a great article from "The Atlantic" 
about how getting your hands in the dirt and working in the garden 
ESTATE sous chef Uriel planting peppers
boosts your mood, but did you know that some of what you grow 
has the same affect as you are eating
vegetables and herbs make you happiest.
Sondra & John are pretty happy after picking beets & carrots-are they on the list of veggies?

The link to "Organic Gardening" article was shared by 
Smart Gardener, a rich resource for information and tips. 
If you have not finished your planting for the season yet 
and wonder how long you can keep seeds, Smart Gardener recently posted 
great info on that. We follow them on Facebook and appreciate all their tips. 

there's still time for you to plant for summer 
Chard, potatoes, and tomatoes, 
are just some of those noted as affecting your mood in a positive way.
Chard grows in great abundance behind the girl & the fig 
potato bed in the Orchard at the farm
photo by Steven Krause 
Ultimate potato happiness, right?

Ray from Local Landscapers with tomato starts we grew from seeds, ready to plant at the farm
Last summer a "happy" John picking tomatoes
we look forward to a great bounty of tomatoes from the 350 plants at the farm
supreme "tomato happiness" at the girl & the fig; photo by Steven Krause

It makes us feel good as we work at the farm 
knowing you will enjoy the fruits of our labors, 
but with these particular vegetables it seems as if there is another layer to the cycle. 
Our moods are boosted during planting and you 
get an extra hit of happiness from the properties of these vegetables. 
Whatever the science of this, we just know how good it tastes 
when we create a dish from our farm ingredients.

 Sondra & John picking carrots and beets at the farm; photo by Jerry James Stone
Chef John at work in the kitchen of the girl & the fig

Do you have a favorite farm-inspired dish from our menu?
Or is there something you make from your garden bounty 
that tastes especially good and makes you happy?

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