Picking Weeds Over in Rainbow
The drive to Morning Song Farms is relatively simple: a bit off I-15, with curvy roads that dip and rise through her property until you reach her two-story farmhouse (watch out for the 25 or so chickens that practice the joke again and again. Buono greeted about 10 guests with a gruff "Introduce yourselves to everyone, and start picking weeds." She dressed like a stylish South County mom--boots, nice shirt, big belt, and cut bob--but joined everyone in getting down and dirty.
Most folks stayed two hours, uniting in the joy of an overcast, warm day in stunning scenery that soothes nerves like a good cuppa mocha. At the end, Buono allowed folks to take whatever ripe fruits or veggies they wanted--passion fruit, oranges, macadamia nuts. Like a cliché, I spent about half-an-hour with my chica picking clean Buono's chile de arbol plant, laden with thin, vicious peppers perfect for chili flakes. The only place you'll taste chiles of this type this good are in a couple of Mexi backyards, but if you want them, better hurry: they're almost out of season.
For those of you interested in Morning Song Farm tours or their CSA program, email Donna at Donna@morningsongfarm.com. In the meanwhile, Homer as a hippie, when he eventually turns into an organic farmer!