Staying hydrated this time of year keeps the locs lovely, the braids beauteous and your skin glowing. Summer heat and humidity with temperatures near 100 degrees, can take its toll on your skin, and hair causing damage more than skin deep. Eating a variety of ripe veggies and berries lets you eat your water. Ripe, summer fruit is packed with water, and antioxidants like anthocynanins, lycopene, and Vitamin C. All in their natural packaging .
Water is everything in the heat and even in the shade. Your kidneys, those two lima bean shaped organs that put the D in detox, need water to maintain fluid and acid-base balance, regulate blood pressure and electrolytes( sodium, potassium, magnesium and more) and filter waste from meals, meds, and a myriad of other substances. Hydration is self and kidney care, especially during the summer.
Treat yourself this summer. Self care is easier and enjoyable with a plate or bowl filled with summer fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries , blackberries ,blueberries and tomatoes. Even yellow squash is 95% water. Our curated Nourish+Wellness shares bring you a variety of fresh, organically grown vegetables and berries.
You just never know. Sometimes it feels like spring is here, and then the next day, you need a jacket before you go outside.
Nature is unpredictable. Farming is, too. It is part of the attraction and concern that farmers have each year. Will it rain enough? Will it rain too much? Will this be another record setting summer of high temperatures? Will the blueberries bloom this year or just blossom and fade away?
This year, we are farming in the historic community of Ashton, Maryland, near Sandy Spring, Md, the location of the Underground Railroad in Montgomery County, Md. The land has not been farmed for over 25 years, but has had lots of organic inputs from the goats and sheep that pastured on the land during this time . We did a test run last year, late in the summer season and grew some jute leaf, hibiscus, amaranth, butternut squash, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.
Over the fall, we added lots of organic material to the soil to ready it for the growing season. Adding organic material to the soil helps with soil drainage, and water absorption. So this year, we are excited to go all in and grow a variety of crops- tomatoes, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, bok choy, cabbage, green beans, bell peppers, hot peppers, corn, cantaloupe, melons,butternut squash, cucumbers, squash, amaranth, jute leaf, gboma, watercress, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower.
And herbs, let's not forget the herbs to add flavor to all of those vegetables. So, this year, expect some cilantro, thyme, rosemary, parsley, Cuban oregano, and basil in your CSA shares.