The Cow in Apple Time
Something inspires the only cow of late
To make no more of a wall than an open gate,
And think no more of wall-builders than fools.
Her face is flecked with pomace and she drools
A cider syrup. Having tasted fruit,
She scorns a pasture withering to the root.
She runs from tree to tree where lie and sweeten
The windfalls spiked with stubble and worm-eaten.
She leaves them bitten when she has to fly.
She bellows on a knoll against the sky.
Her udder shrivels and the milk goes dry.
I love this poem – for some reason. Perhaps because I have had the cow that ended up in the apple orchard eating windfalls. Or the herd of cows end up in my garden. In the fall, when the grass starts to slow down and it is dry – the lush garden is very tempting. To deer, and cows etc…
It’s finally fall. I know it not because of the weather, but because of what is on my plate. Tonight…turnip greens, October beans, late okra, sweet potato..
I am sending two recipe links that one of our members shared. We were commiserating our lack of love for cantaloupe. Pasta with cantaloupe? Sounds like a good solution to me. Also a great recipe for Liberian greens which may become a staple in your kitchen.
Farm News: 22 chicks roaming the farm with their foster mother. Well – she hatched 6 chicks and I ordered 16, so now she is the mother of 22. A big job for a hen. Fingers crossed the hawks won’t get them.
What’s in the bucket: October beans, turnip greens, cantaloupe, cilantro, green beans and basil.
What’s at market: October beans, turnip greens, daikon radish, cilantro, green beans, basil, candy roaster and butternut squash, gomphrena and zinnia bouquets.
Happy eating and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!