This Week’s Harvest
Beauty Heart Radish
Purple Top Turnips with greens or Scarlet Turnips
Fuji, Golden Delicious, Winesap
Earlier in the season I wrote about how most of our staff this year is coming to us through a Begin Farming Program for people interested in a career in farming. You can read my post about that OEFFA program here: https://milecreekfarm.com/2018/06/11/csa-week-3-6/
Pictured above: One of our apprentices, Courtney, learns to rake and prepare beds for direct seeding and seeds them to late season spinach. Pictured below: Courtney and Dan bulk harvest our storage kohlrabi
This week marks the 29th week that Courtney has been working with us. She and her husband have 5 acres outside of Tipp City that they are going to grow and market vegetables on. Here to tell you about her season with us and her vision for her farm, Wild Farm, is Courtney herself!
How did you come to realize you wanted to be a vegetable farmer?
I grew up on a farm, and through the years had a perpetual longing to be back on the farm. There is a quote in Wendell Berry’s book, A Place On Earth “He is at peace with himself, his labor has been his necessity and his desire” and I could not say it better myself.
What is something that you learned from Mile Creek Farm that you plan to use on your own operation?
I have learned so much from Mile Creek Farm it is hard to choose just one, but I would say the most important thing I have learned is that I truly love farming and am sure this is all I want to do with the rest of my life. I have gotten to not only learn things like pest management and quality control, but I got to see pure happiness and love, in what they do, in how they are with their family, and with the delicious food they get to eat every day. I truly believe thats what life is about.
Was there anything especially surprising about your time at Mile Creek Farm?
I was surprised that you could actually fill 8 hours hand weeding. I went into it thinking “oh this will only take a couple hours” in reality it takes a couple days. SO my perception on time management was off.
Where there any other helpful aspects of The Begin Farming Program?
Meeting other farmers has been the most helpful part of The Begin Farming Program. Every farmer is so different– from their farms, stories, successes and setbacks.
What are your plans for Wild Farm in 2019?
I hope to sell some good food to some good people.
Wild Farm, Tipp City Ohio
Napa Cabbage and Pork Soup
Roasted Veggies (Good candidates for roasting this week are purple top turnips, beauty heart radish, beets, butternut squash and potatoes. I love roasting 3 pans worth of assorted veggies at once and then using them in meals though out the week.)
Arugula and Radish Salad
Coming Up Next Week (our best guess……) Garlic, Kohlrabi, Potatoes, Mustard Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Head Lettuce, Broccoli and more!