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?
"Organic Gardening" magazine shares which
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
|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?