fields of dreams

In this month’s Cape Cod View there is a wonderful article written by Susan Harrison Wolffis about the heritage of farming on Cape Cod which I was so thoughtfully asked to be a part of.  It means a lot to me as I admire everyone else featured in the article, especially my favorite lady farmer, Ms. Jean Iversen.  I hope you enjoy!

To read:  If you click on the image it will open it in a new window where you can click on the image again to make it larger.  Anyone who would like it emailed to them let me know. It’s also available on newsstands now.

The Agrarian Renaissance

Meet Farmstead Meatsmith…

(click on the video so you can watch it in full size)

“We are your local butcher.  We hold history and tradition in the highest reverence.  We believe in methods, that are infinitely replicable, by generations of practice.  We process animals with our hands and offer our gratitude to the sacrifice of their lives.  We believe that slaughter is a gift of plenty to be celebrated and shared.  We believe that food cookery is inseparable from sound slaughter practices and that every part of an animal is delicious.  We believe in the power of aesthetics, that beauty is the most potent tool in the lexicon of inspiration.   And we believe in the powers of camaraderie, community, and solidarity.”

Keep it up friends.  You are making the kind of difference that inspires many generations.  It certainly gets me pumped about my tiny little contribution to the agrarian renaissance happening and I’m proud to be a part of it.  It’s that kind of reminder the feeds every part of us.  So, thank you again for doing what you do (and doing it really well).

Check out and get inspired by what they’re up to at, farmsteadmeatsmith.com & their media counterpart, farmrun.com

Week of 10.4.11

"For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any
path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile
challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel, looking,
looking, breathlessly." - don Juan

Hello my friends,

It’s the start of a new month and I am so excited to reflect on the past 4 months when the Powers Flowers farm stand first began.  We’ve come a long way since the first days of June and I couldn’t be more happy or proud of all that we’ve accomplished this season.  My goals were simple when I first returned home in April, to start up this endeavor this Spring alongside my dad with the tireless support of Rory, and the loving support of my mom and sister, to grow and provide fresh, local produce for our community, connect with our neighbors and to stimulate the heart of local culture.  And now, at the end of the season, I have to say that I’m more satisfied and inspired than I ever could have believed.

Red Canna Lilies are the epitome of loveliness...

The path of heart is one worth traversing every time a decision must be made, even though you never know what might come up in the mean time.  Perhaps that’s what makes it worthwhile in the first place.  Like I’ve said before, being back home has connected me with this community more than ever before and I feel so blessed for all the love, encouragement and support I have gained through the new relationships I have made with all of you.  You did more than support our efforts and hard work, you have treated yourself to the best possible nourishment for your body and mind and have educated yourself to lead happier and healthier lives.  My deepest hope is that you keep on your own paths of heart, for if you do, you will always be happy.

Time to take a moment to savor.
Mom's flowers are more beautiful than ever.

For now, my path leads me westward ho’ with a very strong force pulling me there.  I’m not sure what it will bring but I welcome it with open arms because in my heart I feel it is where I need to be.  In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all this week as we wrap up our glorious farm season.

I realize most of you will be interested in continuing with stocking your fridge with delicious & fresh goodies.  So, Rory has graciously offered to take orders for the rest of the month.   We’ll send out a weekly email and if there’s anything listed that you would like to pick up please send your order to us by 6pm on Wednesday (the 12th, 19th & 26th).  You can pick up your order at my family’s house on Thursday (13th, 20th & 27th) from 2 – 6.  Contact us at powers.flowers.produce@gmail.com for any questions.

These lovely perennial sunflowers are perfect in the autumn months..

At the farm stand this week:  Leeks, Eastham Turnips, Broccoli, Mesclun Mix, Lettuce, Kale, Collards, Rainbow Chard, Herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro), Carrots, Summer Squash, Zucchini, Beets, Potatoes (French Fingerlings & Red Pontiacs), Eggplant (Asian & Italian varieties), Sweet & Hot Peppers, Winter Squash and of course, flowers & fresh eggs!

And WORMS!  To start your very own worm composting bin.  One of our very lovely regulars, Kathy, will have some of her worms, fed with the pulp of her organic veggies, for sale.  It’s a great time of the year to start your own indoor worm farm,  or take some home to add to your garden as you put it to bed for the winter.  They will be $2 for a cup of soil with worms. If you would like more information about their worm farm project, you can contact, Kathy and Dave at beachrose.design@gmail.com or http://www.facebook.com/beachrose.design. They will also be speaking at the Cape Cod Organic Gardeners Meeting on October 20th at 7pm and will have worms for sale there as well.

These boots have some stories to tell...

HOURS

TUES  11 – 4
WED   2 – 6
FRI  11 – 4

I will keep my blog updated with my travels, plans, inspirations etc.  So, feel free to pop back every once in a while and check in.  Perhaps our paths will again cross here on the Cape.  You never know..

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

Jess

The sun beginning to set over the cranberry bogs in the Mills...