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Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11th

Heeelllllooooo Farmivores,

Dry! Dry! Remember all of those emails about it being wet? Now we're dry. It is a bit silly, I know. We've been irrigating like mad and our pond is about 5 feet lower than it was last week this time. Bye Bye water. Luckily our soils have a great water holding capacity, so once we irrigate a field it stays nice and wet for awhile. The surface looks dry, but dig down a ways and there is moisture. And, give the plants alittle water in this kind of heat, and they grow super quick.

The Ithaca Crop Mob (http://www.facebook.com/ithacacropmob) will be here at the farm next Saturday. Check out the link and come on out if you want. We're buying pizza for everyone for lunch. The official message about the Mob is at the bottom of this email. The Mob is fun because with so many people working, we get at ton done in a short amount of time. Lots of visual satisfaction.

Veggie Forecast:
Green onions, scapes, head lettuce, European Cucumbers (long, seedless, and thin skinned - store in plastic), summer squash, parsnips, celeriac, beet greens, daikon, hakurei turnips, kale, chard, escarole, endive. The komatsuna, arugula, pac choi, and mustard are done until the fall.

U-pick - unlimited:
chard, kale, basil, all flowers on the farm EXCEPT the lillies

Summer is here! And our midsummer crop mob is right around the corner. Come crop mob with us!

WHERE: Sweet Land Farm, 9732 State Route 96, Trumansburg, NY 14886
WHEN: July 16th, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., followed by lunch
WHAT: Midsummer maintenance! Possibly on the menu: weeding, thinning, harvesting, mulching, lots of possibilities!
WHO: Mobbers of all ages
WHY: Crop mobbing is awesome!
FARMERS: Evangeline Sarat and Paul Martin

What to bring:
Please wear closed toed shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hat, and sunscreen.
Please bring full water bottles for yourselves.
Wear gloves if you have them.
Bring a place setting (plate, bowl, cup, fork, spoon, napkin) for the meal.
Kids are welcome, supervised by their parents.
Please leave your pets at home.

How to sign up:
If you know for sure you'd like to come, please RSVP to ithacacropmob@gmail.com. Is this your first time crop mobbing? We would love to have you!
Please include in your RSVP email any dietary restrictions or special circumstances we should know about.

Get to know your fellow crop mobbers and save fuel- request or offer a ride. If you are able to offer a ride OR if you need a ride, please let us know in your RSVP email and we'll try to connect you with others.

Directions from Ithaca:
Going north from Ithaca, take Route 96 through the village of Trumansburg. Once the speed limit turns from 45 to 55mph, the farm is on the left-hand (west) side of the road.

About the farm:
Sweet Land Farm is an organic CSA-only vegetable and small fruit farm in Trumansburg, NY. They have a beautiful young operation and a beautiful young family. Sweet Land's harvest dinner to benefit Healthy Food for All will be the next day, and we may be doing some harvesting or beautification to help them prepare for it.

You can read more about Sweet Land Farm here: http://www.sweetlandfarm.org/

See you on the 16th!

Kate, Sam and Rachel

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