Circle S CSA delivery Monday, June 3 and MSFM pick-up Wednesday, June 5, 2024

It is true that there is a state of hope which belongs to bright prospects and the morning; but that is not the virtue of hope. The virtue of hope exists only in earthquake and eclipse. ― G.K. Chesterton

We planted during the eclipse.  Jennifer and I.  And Buddy and Diamond and Tip.  She brought glasses.  Actually, she had the glasses in her car left over from the last eclipse.  We were hopeful.

It was eerie. Fun to be able to watch – to actually look at.  Mysterious because it got darker, and cooler.  Jennifer let the dogs take turns wearing the glasses, so they could see too.

So we wondered….while we planted, what happens when you plant during an eclipse?  Can the signs tell?  Do the plants know?

Everything we planted seemed to thrive.  No confused plants.  Perhaps they knew the eclipse was coming.  Animals as well.  No panic or riots broke out.  Just another, but different day.

What’s in the bucket?:  Eclipse Broccolini or Broccoli, dill, cabbage, beets, snow peas, arugula, iceberg lettuce, eclipse kale, daikon radish.

I went to Blowing Rock with a friend for a quick trip this weekend to see my folks.   We had dinner at a lovely restaurant and I ordered a kale salad.  It was so simple, and we tried to guess what was in it…

This recipe looks similar, let’s give it a try….grate a few strokes of daikon radish on top for color and flavor.

Simple Kale Salad


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8th teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


  • Rinse kale under cold water. Remove stems, roll leaves, and slice into thin ribbons.
  • Place kale ribbons into a salad spinner to remove any excess water. This is important if you want your dressing to adhere to the kale leaves.
  • Transfer the kale to a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then add salt, garlic and lemon juice.
  • Gently massage all the ingredients into the kale using your hands. If the kale is very tender, you can simply toss with tongs (no massage required!).
  • Enjoy as-is or add your favorite salad toppings.

Happy Eating,  Happy Eclipse Kale, and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm.

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