June 24, 2015
I heard the Whip-Poor-Will last night calling from way back in the woods. I like to mark the first one I hear every year, because, I don’t know, it’s a thing I do. I also present it to people as if it is something special, as I am doing right now to you. To me it is very special, in part because I used to be terrified of Whip-Poor-Wills.
As a child it scared me to think of that bird somewhere out there in the infinite dark of the woods, just sounding off all alone. How brazen! How powerful! The sound is haunting and blaring loud. It moves from place to place, like a banshee or a ghost. Really, I thought Whip-Poor-Wills were demons.
I used to think a bunch of stupid, incorrect stuff. I thought that all horses were male and their female counterparts were donkeys. I thought that if I drew on a baseball card with a black marker and then erased it it would produce a holographic version of that card (this was, in hindsight, a financially disastrous misconception). Until I tried a handful of it I thought Crisco was the same thing as peanut butter. I also thought I was going to be a professional skateboarder.
I even thought that the food my mom cooked for me was worse than something I could buy at McDonalds. Why? Money probably, or maybe it had something to do with the clown or the slides or the fact that other kids went there.
But then I grew up. I lost some of the mysticism of youth, so I no longer thought the woods were filled with occult magic and druids. My father had a small tin cup he would fill with water for my brother and I to drink. He told us it was colder that way and purer than other water – I stopped believing that. I stopped believing that our house was haunted. I learned about the existence of both female and male horses.
And I learned that some food grows and some food is sold to you by a company, even though its not what your body needs. I believe it’s good to hang on to the curiosity of youth as long as you can, but don’t let it get in the way of what you need.
In this week’s CSA box – we got what you need!
Your box will contain: Shiitake Mushrooms, Zucchini, a head of lettuce, a bunch of hakurei turnips, a bunch of red russian kale, a pac choi, a pint of sugar snap peas, a fistful of garlic scapes, some cooking sage, and possibly, POSSIBLY a bag of spinach.
Thank you all!