The agate; a treasure to find for north shore residents. We scavenge gravel pits and construction sites looking for those glossy banded rocks. We look with bent necks along the shores of Superior. And each time we come across an agate it’s an exciting surprise.
Some believe agates should go back where they were found, perhaps for the next person to find the joy. Others hoard them in jars around their homes or in the cup holders of their cars.
Our radionics padawan Garret, refers to them as energy boosters. Walking around the farm it’s common to find them piled up waiting to put a smile on someone’s face.
The last two weeks have been a collective effort to weed the 3rd and 4th planting of carrots. With burnt knees and blistered knuckles we damn near completed all 39 beds worth. By the time you read this we might have finished the last seven rows.
Sam and Garrett enjoy tucking agates between carrots. Someone will find it along the way and put it in a row next to them for someone else. Little energy boosters.
Medieval folklore suggests farmers in Europe believed agates could protect their dairy cows.
To prevent milk from spoiling during lightening storms they would hang agates inside barns. This had the added benefit of keeping the witches away from riding their cows at night. A witch will not enter a building protected by an agate.
Agates were also fastened to equipment to ensure a healthy productive crop.
As much as I’d love to see a witch riding a cow, I’d rather have a glass of unspoiled milk.
From a witch weary farm crew,
In your CSA Box: Broccoli – Carrots – Cilantro – Cucumber – Dill – Napa Cabbage – Green Onion – Peas – Green Pepper – Jalapeño Pepper – Tomatoes – Zucchini
Cucumber and Napa Cabbage Coleslaw
- 1/4 cup Cilantro
- 2 Cucumbers
- 1/2 large Napa Cabbage
- 1/2 cup peanuts-roasted
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder or some scapes if you have them from last week
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/3 cup peanut or canola oil
Chop cucumber and Napa cabbage into thin elongated slices. Dress with cilantro roasted peanuts. Combine peanut oil, lime juice salt sugar and garlic powder to drizzle over slaw.