Our most exciting news is that we are now grandparents. Our daughter Ellen, who helped start the CSA, had her first child on June 14, 2012. Some of you may have wondered what happened to Ellen’s food blog since last fall. It turns out that she has had a bun in the oven since then…Della Jane Berg came out a week over due (well baked) and is a beautiful, strong and healthy baby, much loved by her parents Ellen and Aaron and extended family and friends. I was able go to Portland, Oregon for Della’s birth and to help out after for a few days.
Ken, Uncle Grayden, Michelle and our apprentices held the fort here while I was away. They managed to finish our first cut hay, pick lots of strawberries and peas for three pick-ups, weed the hoop houses and asparagus, irrigate the whole garden, protect our sweet corn from an infestation of armyworms and continue construction on our cold storage. I returned to see the summer squash, cucumber and broccoli started and the whole garden take a great leap forward. As I write we are getting a lovely much needed gentle rain. I am thankful to have held Della in my arms and welcome her into my heart, but I am also happy to be home to participate in the joys and challenges of growing food for our CSA.