The Open Gate Farm
269 Russell Road
Camano Island, WA 98282
August 31, 2011
Ripening Tomatoes at The Open Gate Farm
We are occasionally presented with an idea or item which folks think we should sell at our stand. Usually we decline for various reasons but recently two stellar products have come to our door which we would be remiss if we did not take on.
The first is Brother Timothy’s sourdough bread. This great neighbor and super friend has the gift. Those who know sourdough know what we mean. It takes a real gift to produce a good loaf of this finicky flour and he does it. It will be around after 11 or so in the mornings on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Next week he’ll miss because a son is getting married and that always trumps making bread. But keep an eye out for it. That and his caramel pullapart buns.
The second is a more commercial looking product, Rain City Crunch. This gluten free treat is nothing short of incredible. We are having a hard time keeping our hooks out of the free samples we’re supposed to be putting out for you so you can try it. At only $6.50 a bag, it is a great item for your health conscious table or as a hostess gift when you head out to dinner at a friend’s. Give it as a gift. You will be remembered.
|Lettuce $2.50||Cinnamon Rolls $3.50|
|Green Leaf (2 Star)||Snickerdoodle Cookies $1.00|
|Speckled (Jackpot)||Breads: $6|
|Butter Head (Goldie)||Wednesday – White Artisan|
|Zucchini! $1.00 / lb.||Thursday – Oatmeal / Molasses|
|Scarlet Runner Beans||Friday – Challah $8|
|Kale $2.50 -limited||Saturday –|
|Red Russian||Whole Wheat & Olive / Cheese Boats $2|
|White Russian||Sourdough – every day this week!|
|Basil Bunches $2.50||
|Orach Leaves $2.50||Rock Rose|
|Garlic – braids and bulbs||Butterfly Bush – purple|
|Red Osier Dogwood|
|High Bush Cranberry|
|Herbs for your windowsill|
|Rain City Crunch $6.50||Rosemary|
|T-Shirts – our own logo!||Sage – purple and plain|
|Thyme – gorgeous|
|A wide selection for steep slopes|
We’ve had a number of folks stopping by the stand who are despairing of getting any red tomatoes this year. Their yearning is echoed by the chickens who have been peering through the fence at ours, hoping the huge green orbs will soon turn red and they’ll get a few treats of ones not good enough for the stand.
They do that a lot around here. They stand along the outside of a fence, hoping to see a lettuce or kale or bean plant jump up and come over to within reach of their eager beaks. If you look carefully, you can even see where they have stuck their heads through the grid of the wire fences and rototilled up the dirt with their beaks as far as they can reach. Fortunately, that’s not far.
We humans do much the same, don’t we? We look through a fence at what we do not have, yearning for it, hoping against hope for it, and pretty soon find our lives centered around that unreachable object. Like a chicken staring at a green tomato, we can’t see the crunchy lettuce waiting for us just a few feet away. Learning to let go of what we can’t have is not easy. So we stick our necks out in some silly manner or other and rototill up some ground, pulling worms out as far as we can reach but dreaming of the tomato while our mouth is full of tasty worms.
And we never run out of tomatoes to wish for. If we become mature and stop wishing for things, we start wishing for relationships. We start wishing the perfect person would come in to our lives who would delight in supporting our self-centeredness. We start wishing a son or daughter would drop everything and pay attention to us. Or perhaps we wish our parent would stop trying to run our lives. Or that a sibling would get a life. Or a spouse would listen, really listen to what we are trying to say. Or that pay raise for all your extra efforts. And those are probably only the tips of icebergs. We have lots of wishes. But until the tomatoes get ripe, none of that will happen. Just ask the chickens. They can confirm that. It will take a while for your tomatoes to ripen, but maybe the chickens can show you some crunchy lettuce, just around a corner, until then.
Jon and Elaine, the tomato planting farmers, Snickers the tomato sniffing dog, Mystery the tomato free cat, Ben and his flock of tomato yearning chickens, and the Parson Dudley Brown and his flock of tomato ignoring ducks, all of whom live joyfully at
The Open Gate Farm
269 Russell Road,
Camano Island, WA 98282-8512
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 to 5, now until the end of September