A Different Gratitude, for Mkts 11/17

Today’s post was going to be about our chickens, and how they are laying so fewer eggs these days, coupled with the bout of hawk predation we have been experiencing yesterday.

But we received news this morning that a great leader in the world of Virginia’s organic agriculture passed away. So our focus has changed.


Andy Hankins has arguably done more for sustainable agriculture in the past 30+ years than anyone else. He was a stalwart of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming and VA Cooperative Extension. He did a job for many years that no one else has seemed willing to do. Gratitude for his amazing (and often lonely) work, combined with his laid-back attitude and incredible laugh, has long been overflowing. The future of organic agriculture in Virginia really feels a bit uncertain without him.

But still we harvest. So – This week’s harvest includes:

Arugula, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Broccoli Raab (also called Broccoli Rabe), CARROTS!, Napa Cabbage, Bunched Greens (Rapa – Dan has dubbed this the tastiest green ever -,Tender Tat (not our idea for the name), Kale, Chard, Senposai/Collards, or Tokyo Bekana), Baby Leeks (limited quantity), Head Lettuce, Hearty Greens Mix, Parsley, Radishes (Cherry Belle or French Breakfast), Salad Mix, Scallions, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips…and Bread.

* No orders this week, as we will be at the Brandermill Green Market tomorrow for its special Holiday Market. We will also be at South of the James and Millworks markets like usual.

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