The Free Farm Stand keeps rolling along and when it is summer and the sun is out everything seems most beautiful. When I am living in a city undergoing big transformation and I feel upset with the constant attack on low income people and trees, like a friend just wrote, “it is like a bad dream over and over again”, the Free Farm Stand saves me from getting depressed. I love the fresh produce we collect and I love the volunteers and all the people who come by to be part of the weekly production. You know in advertising and marketing they use the word sexy a lot. Our stand though is what is really sexy, just looking at the photos this week. I mean what is more exciting and stimulating than a purple potato or a tromboncino (trombone squash)? Vegetable porn.
I have also included some pictures from the Free Farm…I have been taking pictures of the trees to record them for our inventory lists which we are currently making. People ask me what is happening with the Free Farm and finding a place to move. The only place we are investigating at the moment is a vacant piece of land owned by Union Pacific Railroad and after 7 weeks we are still trying to get a free real estate lawyer to help us. The pro bono attorney that we thought we had lined up, thanks to the SF Bar Association had to drop out because of conflict of interest. So they are trying again. We also got a visit to the Free Farm by Assemblyman Phil Ting last week and he offered to help us, so we have word out to his office to see if they can help. In the meantime, we are making an inventory of everything at the Free Farm and will soon be thinking of how to find good homes for everything, especially getting things to people doing similar work in helping out those in need.
Trombone squash fashion model (also our wonderful ticket taker)
You can grow these too!
There are hundreds of pounds of these still on the trees and they are perfect for picking!
Summer is here and we need gleaners…apples and pears coming up next, but now there are plums
we like to teach people how to use the excess soft fruit we get
…smoothies made by kid pedal power
beautiful volunteers and guests who drop by
peaches at the Free Farm