Organic produce preparation

Throughout the next several days, Phil and I spent a lot of time weeding and harvesting crops. Since all labor performed on organic farm operations is done manually, organic produce costs more than commercial produce.

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People do the weeding of crops at organic farms, whereas commercial crops are sprayed with pesticides that ward off insects and kill weeds.

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There’s something that sticks when you participate in a pesticide-free farming operation. It’d cost large-scale farming operations way too much money to abide by organic produce regulations, but this I’ve become such a fan of WWOOF. By volunteering at Highwater, I was helping with operations on a family farm. At the same time, my room and board, and food (Danielle said we were free to take anything from the garden) were taken care of, and I got to visit a state I hadn’t been to before.

The farm is located a few minutes away from a lake by foot, so we visited it during the earlier half of the trip. Jeff taught me how to cast a fishing line. I’m still not very proficient at it, but it’s something I learned while on the farm.

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In addition to weeding and harvesting, Phil and I helped prepare green onions, garlic, and other crops, for sale at a local market and the Seedro-Woolley farmer’s market, which runs every Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

For garlic, the stems and roots have to be cut.

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Green onion roots have to be trimmed, as well as the tips if they’ve gone bad from too much sunlight. Then they have to be bunched up

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Here are some photos from the farmer’s market:

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Multicolored potatoes

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Vegetables sold at the Highwater Farm table

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Organic cilantro

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Organic string beans

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