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The End of Summer

October 4, 2013

Such an ambiguous title, I know, but too many unrelated events have happened of late – and I’m a lousy blogger, so one after another, the topics accumulate before I ever mention them- necessitating a broad, overarching title to encompass them all.

One very exciting event was the harvest and tasting of our very first fig!  (remember those figs I got back in March?)  This fig came from a tree given to me by a fine Italian gentleman from Rochester; the tree was from his father who brought it from Italy.  It’s specific varietal name has been lost, but its legacy lives on in my hoop house.  It gave us one fig which we carefully divided into 8 pieces so each of us could have our first taste of a home-grown fig (not including the figs I stole off my great-grandmother’s tree in the dim recesses of my memory).  Here is a picture of the prize:

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We have since eaten another fig off of a different little tree.  I’m looking forward to next year when the harvest should be at least double this year’s ;)

Another big event on the farm was the Tour de Farms.  There were about 350 riders this year, so to make it all work out smoother, the organizers divided the participants into 3 smaller groups.  After we closed the stand that day, Mark and I rode a tandem bike out to Alden to join the group for dinner at the Ole’s farm.  The weather was beautiful and the ride lovely – a pleasant activity to fill out our Saturday. This year’s event was sold out, so get your tickets early next year.

Many of you may recall that earlier this year we held a competition for artists to design and create a new sign for the farm, replacing the original one that was falling apart.  Lori Wagner from Darien, NY won that contest and has been diligently working on the sign all summer.  Yesterday, we proudly mounted the new sign on its posts just in time for UB’s “My Future Ex” art exhibit tour on Saturday.  Thanks Lori!  It looks great!   And a big thank you to the Tapestry Charter School who raised the money to pay for the new sign and who selected our winner.

Our new sign!

Our new sign!

Speaking of “My Future Ex”, here is a sneak preview of our first art installation in the process of being assembled: a nifty kaleidoscope created by Oreen Cohen.

the first art installation, not quite finished, but pretty cool anyway

the first art installation, not quite finished, but pretty cool anyway

The two artists, Oreen Cohen and Tamara Suber,  will be here on Saturday, October 5, between 11:00 and 3:00 to talk about their sculptures  There will also be a performance by Johannes Zits taking place on the farm during the day.  For more information about the entire exhibition visit: http://www.ubartgalleries.org/?gallery=art&select=event&eventID=260

The sculptures on our farm will remain in place for awhile, so feel free to come by and take a look through the kaleidoscope and check out the sculpture by Tamara Suber.

Besides harvesting onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, dried beans, garden huckleberries, elderberries, manning the Saturday stand, canning and preserving, enjoying our annual Allegany trip, hosting a work group from UB, packing CSA’s each week, figs, art and signs, it’s been a quiet late summer.  We sure have enjoyed the nice balance of sunshine and rain this season.

Our Saturday on-site stand is officially closed.  Not much left out there to offer for sale, although we do still need to harvest a few things for our personal use this winter.  There will be one more volunteer work day coming up on the 12th, the second Saturday of October, from 9 – 12.  There is a bit of seasonal clean-up to be done and potatoes to dig.  Anybody know of a functional potato plow we could buy for a reasonable price?  It would sure be nice to find one.

Peace!

Janice

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