Midsummer’s Superhero Deluge

August began with intern Sarah Boehm leaving after her two-week stay on the farm. As she left, two new interns filtered in to take her place.  Peyton Ginakes (coming from Minnesota) and Emily Hines (traveling from Colorado Springs) came at an unusually hot and dry time. The long drought that has been plaguing the US has certainly been felt here at Three Roods. Luckily, rain came just in time. Here they are weeding the Saskatoons.

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The excitement of the precipitation was paralleled by the arrival of our visitors: a rowdy, affectionate, and colorful group of 21 Superheroes. Organized by Laughing Moon and Stardust, the Michigan Superhero Bike Ride began with the intention to bike through SE Michigan performing random acts of goodness and allowing their collective consciences to lead the way. After several days of synergizing energy, they broke camp this morning with words of gratitude and inspiration – along with singing and dancing. All was right with the world.

Super Heroes say grace before lunch.

P1010113 Sarah’s last day at Three Roods Farm.

P1010125A preview of the glorious tomato harvest. We tried a small variety called Indigo. It is a deep purple and green while ripening. When the green becomes red and the purple becomes black, its ready.  It’s visible in the foreground of the photo. Despite the excitement of a purple tomato, the taste is dull.

045Dr Greg, later dubbed Mulching Peacock, talking with Superhero Training  Director, Laughing Moon.

033The Superhero stance.

031Bike ride organizers Laughing Moon and Stardust with Dancing Breath.

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The Superheroes, capes flying in the wind, depart on heavily laden bikes. Bon voyage! Adieu!!