Food access and farm organizations across Western Massachusetts have worked rapidly and tirelessly to respond…
Here’s another installment of Good News from us to you. Just a collection of lighter glimpses into our days and a sweet poem at the end as a nice meditation on spring. Check out the first edition here.
More time at home has meant more time in the kitchen for all of us at GFN, and probably you too. We’ve begun producing cooking demonstration videos, including short ones to compliment the offerings we’re delivering through the Community Food Distribution Project as well as longer cooking lessons from the Grow Food Kids curriculum. You can check them out on your growing YouTube channel!
Looking for more cooking inspiration? Check out the archive of recipes on our website. They range from simple recipes requiring only a few ingredients to recipes created by professional chefs for our past Summer Chef Series at Tuesday Market. They include recipes from Grow Food Kids lessons and a bunch from the pre-GFN days of Tuesday Market. Now is the perfect time for fun pestos like Ramp Pesto. Find that recipe in our archives along with more daring versions like Belly of the Beast’s Radish Top Pesto!
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy our Good News…
Our team likes to laugh!
Sometimes you just have to mix up the Zoom meeting routine! This week we took a minute at the end of our staff meeting to draw self portraits without looking at our paper and the results gave us a good laugh to end the meeting. This idea was inspired by our generous friend Kyra Anderson who will create a portrait of you in exchange for a gift to GFN.
Ring the bell!
Tuesday Market opened on May 12. Our tradition of ringing a bell at the start of the market was applause-worthy this year!
See you there every Tuesday from 1:30-6:30.
So much Good News in the Giving Garden!
This time of year there’s magic around every corner in the Giving Garden — asparagus popping up, cover crops getting tall, plant starts all in tidy rows and garlic growing by the day. Never mind moments like last week’s full rainbow arching over the garden! Ellena and Melissa have been giving live tours of the garden each Wednesday at 12:30 on Facebook. Join in live and check out the archives here. Each video focuses on a few aspects of the garden like the shiitake mushroom operation, using a broadfork, dissecting an owl pellet found next to the GG sign and much more.
Update on the Killdeer Family
In our last edition of Good News, we shared the killdeer nest with four eggs in the Giving Garden. We’re happy to report that the eggs have since hatched and all four babies have moved on into the greater world. It was fun for us all to watch the process. Our Terracorps service member, Melissa, shared a reflection about what it was like to work alongside the birds.
Looking for some fun at home?
Instructions on Not Giving Up
by Ada Limón – 1976-
More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me. When all the shock of white
and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave
the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath,
the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.
Copyright © 2017 by Ada Limón. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 15, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.