August at The Kitchn was a whole-hearted effort to get you to make tons and tons of ice cream as we celebrated our annual Ice Cream Month. But across the Apartment Therapy network, it was also Escapes Month, which meant a celebration of the kind of living done outside the home, instead of inside, where we focus the other eleven months of the year. In that spirit, Elizabeth wrote a post about visiting your CSA farm, and so I did. After a long day of blogging, I packed up Ursula and headed over to a biodynamic farm on Long Island to harvest some veg and say hello to our friend, Scott the farmer. We had bags, we had clippers, we had sunscreen and hats.
And we had no idea what we were thinking going at 4 o'clock.
There was hardly any food left, save for a few bottom of the barrel (literally) summer squash. Five 100 meter rows of tomatoes were stripped bare of ripe fruit, leaving only hard green balls of possibility about which I had to explain, in terms a not-quite-two-year-old can understand, there was still time in the sun and rain needed. The tomatoes, I said, laughing to myself, needed patience. "I hungee!" she replied and marched off to another part of the field.
Just being on the farm, chasing after a toddler, was nourishing. It is an emphatic reminder of why farming, and farming done with sound practices, is so important. We left with a fistful of Scabiosa blossoms which graced our table for almost a week before wilting.
As for the summer squash? I've already told you what we did with that; we baked it with breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and ate it outside under a waxing August moon. It was a tongue-touched reminder of why we escape, and what delicious things we can find when we're patient.