Sunflower ~ Flickr Friday

Each sunflower is unique, different from the rest. When we see a field of them we don’t choose which is best. They’re all gorgeous. Like us.

A pic & a poem…

Sunflowers

 

Sunflower

It is in the imperfections
Uniquenesses
And flaws
That beauty and attraction
Work together
Form new laws
Of our nature

When we look
From depth and honesty
With open eyes
To really see
We learn great truths
Humility
Diversity
Divinity
Connectedness
Infinity

Love.

  To see the entire sunflower gallery, visit my Flickr page.

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Community Supported Agriculture ~ SHARE

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Walking the rows, plots, beds
I look ahead
to harvest
and Know
I will
Feed
Eat
Be
Walking the rows, plots, beds
I AM
Fed
In so many ways

 

I have a large garden plot in my backyard and grow lots of herbs, flowers, fruits and veg. But not everyone is so fortunate. There are other ways, however, too enjoy fresh, organic food like Farmer’s Markets, community gardens, farm stands and CSAs.

 Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a farming business model that forms a partnership between a farmer and a community of members who buy “shares” of the farm’s future harvests, providing the farm with operating capital to start a planting/harvesting cycle and guaranteeing the farm a stable market for its products. In return, the farm pledges to offer each member weekly “shares” of its harvests.

Tucson area farmers offer several options for participation, including River Road Gardens, Sunizona Family Farms, Sleeping Frog Farms, and Tucson Community Supported Agriculture. A favorite artisan baker of mine, Don Guerra of  Barrio Bread, follows a similar model.

Fresh vegetables. Fresh fruit. Fresh bread. What’s not to love about that?

CSA melons

“Picked Today” melons to choose from

CSA Barrio Bread III

Barrio Bread’s Pain au levain

CSA Barrio Bread II

Barrio Baguette and Pan Epi

CSA Barrio Bread I

Cranberry Walnut … MY Favorite!

 

CSA tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

CSA okra

Heirloom Okra

CSA squash

Organic Yellow Squash

CSA cukes

Organic Cucumbers

 

Tucson Tuesday III ~ Forecast

Forecast for Tucson, AZ High /Low (°F)

Today
Mostly Sunny 103°/74°
Wed
Jun 25 Sunny 104°/75°
Thu
Jun 26 Sunny 105°/74°
Fri
Jun 27 Partly Cloudy 104°/73°
Sat
Jun 28 Sunny 104°/76°
Sun
Jun 29 Sunny 105°/76°
Mon
Jun 30 Sunny 106°/78°

Forecast

Tucson in June. Seek shade, cool and sweet, like this pocket in my front yard.

When desert heat
Permeates
Beats
Threatens to defeat

Seek shade
Quiet
Retreat
then
wait patiently
for rain

*Although it was not always the case, I love Tucson summers. The snowbirds and students leave us with much quieter roads and great summer rates at restaurants and resorts. Even more important, I’ve learned how to live here. I adore early mornings, sunrises, sunsets and cool nights. During the middle of the day, I retreat. I paint, I write, see movies, read books. It’s a lovely existence, really.

Tucson Tuesday II ~ Cool Retreat

Tucson Tuesday II

Cool Retreat

In the desert
Tucked to the east
A park
Cool retreat

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park, a registered national historic place,  is an oasis in the desert. Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, is a 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring. An artificial stream links three ponds within the park. The ponds are fed by the spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations.

Agua Caliente Park is located on the far east side of Tucson and has a long and interesting history. Human habitation dates back about 5,500 years, based on archeological digs that unearthed archaic projectile points. In 1150 A.D., a Hohokam village extended into a portion of Agua Caliente.  In 1873, a ranch and health resort was developed to promote the curative properties of the warm springs. The ranch bunkhouse, which dates back to the 1920s and is still used for classes and exhibits.