Ours for the Gleaning

15 09 2008

When you’re a farm just starting out, you drool over other people’s more established gardens. You network and bargain as best you can to get your hands on their fruit extras. Usually it’s pretty easy and people beg you to get their stuff before it goes to waste.

Hopefully you all can remember that we do actually have an orchard planted. To date probably the most sustainable investment we’ve made in our future. We planted a huge variety of fruit but of course, the only problem is, it’s hard to share it with our CSA members when for this year we have to pick the blossoms off the trees so they can turn their focus elsewhere and make some deep roots. What a fitting metaphor.

But what we have been doing this week, is gleaning! (from wikipedia:)

“Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.”

We have three friends (not farmers) who’ve basically begged us to gather their fruit. So we got some pears, green grapes, plums, and melons. We should point out that none of these are at all certified organic, like us. We’ll get into that later, but in the meantime the really old fruit trees and vines have adapted and are contiually adapting in ways that continue to overwhelm their landowners with fruit.

So we picked from them on Chad’s Birthday.

Speaking of birthdays… We’ve had a slew of them recently! Starting with Kirby’s then a week later Gabrielle’s. The pictures of Sadie with Grandpa and Great Aunt Maureen are from that one. Then Dr. Calvert’s and Chad’s. Gabe got Chad a sweet iphone for his birthday so now we’ll finally be able to blog from the field! Just what farming should be like.

Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for more!