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Update from the Farm December 2011

How spicy is our lives if I say we are in chili business? The spiciness doesn’t feel torturing but so pampering and comforting. I couldn’t imagine living a day without chili. My curry is red, my chutney is hot, and my stir fry is pungent, everything needs a generous proportion of chilies.

Our farm in Thailand is spread with strips of chili plantations that view from afar like tea plantation in Sri Lanka hills. The only different is ours have colors, red, young green, yellow and orange splashed in the green bushes. It’s a raw deal, these glossy berries are one of the most demanding objects in the local market. We picked 10-20 kg of these multi- color chilies daily then delivered them to the vegetable stand. It’s interesting to know that the greens are actually the most popular as the noodle shops use them to mellow into delicious broth.

We helped out in the farm whenever we were there. It’s one of the most rewarding, favourite experiences we had in Thailand. Seeing so much fruits and fresh greens until the far horizons, everything is ours to take and savour.

The fish pond was rich than ever as the late Mr. Farmers had just added thousands more fish in. It is going to supply us fresh and healthy fish all year round. Rice fields are blossomed with heavy spikes, the green grains will soon turn gold and glow in sunlight. We also flood the plants with water, some of the fish from the pond have been transferred to live there.

The fish that live in the rice fields grow faster as the water is rich with insects and plankton. Their flesh are undeniable luxurious.

Before rice is ready for harvesting we will take them out to cook for the labours and making dried fish. We sell some and keep some. Just enough for our yearly requirement.

Around the farm, bamboo shoots spotted in very corners, wild bamboo is very popular in the market, too, but Mrs Farmers said it was enough taking profits from the land this year. She wanted to let them grow out and sway in the wind for years before cutting them for changing fences around the land. Maybe next year she would be interested to sell the shoots if her vegetable garden weren’t doing good. For now, we just picked whatever we wanted for our kitchen, then at night the tender slices of bamboo shoot would be simmering in the rustic stew.

The farm looks fresh now because the last rain drop still lingers in the soil, but soon it will be gone and the land will run dry. This however, is just another regular cycle of life that allows the land to rest and do mild garden and shift some attention to the animals. As I showed you before, there were a lot of turkeys growing so fast in our backyard. It’s time to pick some fruits and maybe go wild mushroom hunting with neighbors.

We can’t wait to go back again. What will we see then, new changes for sure. We especially miss the pond, the smell of damp mud in vegetable garden and that sassy fragrance in the air from the chilies bushes.


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