Farm Status Late Summer 2018

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You’d think there would not be much for me to report, given that it’s been in the high 90’s every freaking day. For weeks now. You’d think that nature or creation or whatever you want to call the natural world around us would be burned up or at least give out for the time being, at least in my part of the world.

But that’s the thing about nature or creation or whatever you want to call it. 

Once you get to a place where concrete and asphalt and Walmart and Starbuck’s aren’t taking up space, the rhythm that is part of natural life shines through even the hottest days. And the robustness, the downright resilience amidst constant change of it all is humbling.

We harvested muscadines this past week. Their skins tight and tough and purple and dense, the musk and twang that is particular to a muscadine’s flavor and aroma filled the air around the vines and my heart.  Considered an acquired taste, my acquisition was made decades ago in Arkansas while collecting them from the dappled, musky woodland floor as Dad shook the trees in which the vines grew. When I first moved to Houston I didn’t know how to disting