While I really truly wish I could write some grand entry about how I've always had some deep human longing to connect with the earth and like pull things out of the ground while the sunlight filtered through the trees, and, I don't know, birds were chirping or some shit, I'm pretty much the worst and my idea of a fun time doesn't involve sweat or hard labor or dirt. BUT YOU GUYS - I still had so much fun spending some time working *the land* with Matt at Nola Tilth, an organic flower farm located in New Orleans east.
Let's ignore that flower farming is maybe the gayest form of farming I could have chosen to participate in, and instead focus on the fact that I strapped on my fav pair of steel toe boots, grabbed a pair of well-worn gloves, and dove fist-first into dirt and let myself get sweaty and all that fun stuff and I even drank water straight out of a jug which I though was a thing only reserved for wrestlers and the intro to outdoorsy adult films. Who knew!
We had such an amazing time with the farm's owner and often sole operator, Megan, who has provided us with some of the most amazing edible flowers in the past. If you've followed the blog for a while, you've maybe even seen her gorgeous orange edible flowers used in last year's earl grey carrot cake. They are so freaking bright and beautiful, like pretty much everything that comes out of Nola Tilth.
When we weren't battling friendly bee and wasp friends or clipping off the bright purple flowers pictured below, we were admiring her gorgeous fresh-picked bouquets, huge thyme situation, and stuffing our faces with the stuffed focaccia we made earlier in the weekend. It was honestly one of the best ways to spend a hot and humid summer afternoon. If you've got a free morning and want to volunteer at Megan's farm, shoot her a message and see if you can set up a time to get ur hands dirty and roll around in a bed of flowers. ALSO, you've absolutely got to do what we did and stop at Dong Phuong Bakery afterwards for a little pho and bubble tea pick-me-up. Ok, I've gotta go check on some thyme custard ice cream we're making *shrieks with joy* ttyl, cuties!
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