As we enter these final days of summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about life cycles and change. As farmers, we’re highly privy to the realities of life and death, deeply aware of this intimate cycle in nature. On a daily basis, we interfere with these cycles- deciding what to cultivate and what to terminate, choosing which bugs to squish, determining whether or not to till. And then there are the seasonal changes to which we bear witness: the emergence of cicadas, the return of the monarch butterflies, the falling of the autumn leaves- each one a small but defining moment in our annual cycle. And here we are, with the summer winding down, pulling crops from the field and tossing them to the compost to decompose, planting soil-building cover crops in their wake. All of this is just to say that I feel grateful to do this meaningful work, and to live in a way in which I am always thinking about how to do what is best for the Earth in all of its infinite cycles. Small-scale farming is a constant challenge, but it presents us with daily opportunities to make decisions that will help the planet and the people who surround us, and that makes it all worth it.
And of course, we could not do this work without the support of our friends, families, and customers. Thank you for choosing to support sustainable farmers! Supporting farms like Two Boots doesn’t just mean that you’re putting money into your local economy. It means that you’re choosing to support agriculture that nourishes the planet, and farms that work hard to give back as much to the land a we take from it.
This week at the JFX market we will have arugula, pawpaws, heirloom tomatoes, shishito peppers, spring mix, bouquets, and bunches of flowers.