Friday, September 2, 2011

A Chin Baung Harvest to Celebrate

In last month's issue of Tastebud magazine, Editor Jennifer Roe poetically likened the month of August to a prolonged Sunday evening: a final bittersweet goodbye to summer heralding the return of homework, alarm clocks, and schedules. Well, September is here & while it may emotionally be the end of summer, the continued heat wave means local farmers (and their summer crops) are not through yet!

There are a lot of exciting things going on around here as we gear up for fall: we have said farewell to both of our summer staff & welcomed one new full-time MVS volunteer, are looking forward to two upcoming Work-the-Farm days for CSA friends, and are in the midst of planning an end of season potluck as well as an autumn farm-to-table fundraiser AND helping our first batch of graduates make the move onto their own land! whew. None of this, however, compares with the intense excitement surrounding the Chin Baung harvest.

Chin Baung, commonly known as Burmese Sorrel, is a species of Hibiscus. Culinarily & culturally significant for many different ethnic communities from Burma, the late summer bounty lends itself to a time of communal celebration. No where is this more evident than at the Monday farmers' market at Juniper Gardens. This market is hoppin' folks! And this Monday, September 5th will be even more so. We will celebrate not only the bountiful harvest, but the intense love and labor that New Roots farmers have poured into their fields this season. So join us for face painting, world music, free books, and food tasting!
Chin Baung is so important that at least one farmer has half of her 1/4 acre plot dedicated solely to growing it!

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