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May 11, 2018
Dandelion Day!
A Note from the Farmer's Wife
As you can see from this picture, we don't spray our lawn for dandelions. This carpet of gold appeared quite suddenly last week, and at its appearance our daughter leapt from the car. She only paused a moment to say, "Mama, is it "Dandelion Day?" Yes, I guess it is! Only once a year, and only for a few days, can you see this burst of sunshine in the grass, without one single "wish," the white puffy seed heads. There is something magical about it, tempting one to take a nap in the sun and listen to the buzz of honeybees.
Although many lawn aficionados decry the dandelion as a weed, these prolific blooms provide essential nourishment early in the season for pollinators. Bees and butterflies, beetles and even birds, benefit from the dandelion. Often this plant offers the very first feeding for insects, and so can make or break a colony's successful survival.
A week later, gold turned to snow. I'm sure many a lawn aficionado would shudder at this sight, but there is a little-known secret about these "wishes." The dandelion seeds provide a smorgasbord for finches. What you cannot see in this photo are the flashes of brilliant gold, like flying dandelions, swooping goldfinches, indigo buntings too, relishing the tiny seeds attached to the fluffy white parachutes. The Farmer has a soft spot for these little birds, and when he did mow, he left a patch for the enthusiastic foragers. He then climbed off the tractor and stretched out in the tall grass watching the clouds and birds fly by. When he came in tufts of white dandelion seeds clung to his hair and scruffy face, and his eyes twinkled with a boy's good fun.
If you like vegetables that haven't been sprayed by chemicals, and that have been grown by a Farmer who cares about little critters and big critters, and who is thoughtful and kind...maybe these things really do make a difference...then please support our family farm and join the 2018 CSA. We would love to grow for you.
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