September 3rd, 2019

What’s in your share?

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Fennel

Head Letttuce

Green Beans

Turkish Parsley

Italian and Japanese Eggplant

Italian Sweet Peppers

Cherries tomatoes or sweet slicing tomatoes

Storage Onions

Cherry tomato harvest!

Cherry tomato harvest!

This Labor Day, we remember and are grateful for the ongoing struggles of working class people - here and around the world - who brave great personal sacrifices for collectively shared goods. Below, we share a potentially norm-bending query by Wendell Berry on the necessity of labor with - of course - a particular attention to the labor of farmers and other rural folk .

From: “What Are People For?” By: Wendell Berry

“The great question that hovers over this issue, one that we have dealt with mainly by indifference, is the question of what people are for. Is their greatest dignity in the unemployment? Is the obsolescence of human beings now our social goal? One would conclude so from our attitude toward work, especially the manual work necessary to the long-term preservation of the land, and from our rush toward mechanization, automation, and computerization. In a country that puts an absolute premium on labor-saving measure, short workdays, and retirement, why should there by any surprise at permanence of unemployment and welfare dependency? Those are only different names for our national ambitions.

In the country, meanwhile, there is work to by done. This is the inescapably necessary work of restoring and caring for our farms, forests, and rural towns and communities— work that we have not been able to pay people to do for forty years and that, few people any longer know how to do it.”

Roasted Green Beans, Peppers, and Fennel

  • Green beans (flower end trimmed off, leave whole)

  • Fennel bulb (thinly sliced)

  • Red Pepper-any variety (sliced thinly into rounds and de-seeded)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large mixing bowl, toss all vegetables in a generous amount of olive oil. Lay on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes, stirring once or twice during roasting. Some of the beans will get nice and caramelized. This is great as a side, with a poached egg on top, over a salad, or over a bed of rice. You can also add a splash of soy sauce upon serving.

Peppers ripening in the high tunnel.

Peppers ripening in the high tunnel.

Eggplant flower.

Eggplant flower.