Busy is an understatement.
August filled our plates with salads and our vases with flowers. It brought armloads of turnips and arugula and gave all the tomatoes it could. Somehow it managed to squeeze in bags and bags of cucumbers. It kept us canning every possible moment we had, aside from filling the CSA shares each week.
Somehow September found it’s way here and dumped rather similar gifts into our laps. I don’t believe I was the only one who was excited at the prospect of a deep frost. Don’t get me wrong, I love the abundance of summer’s harvest, but one must take a breath and stand up and stretch one’s back.
Thanks be to October. Its silent frosts that sneak in and curl the once-green leaves of the perennial and cut short the life of the happiest annual, leaving a lovely white blanket to remind us of the winter that is to come. Its wind that blows the brilliant colors off the trees and chilling nights that keep us curled up on the couch with tea and a book. Its barrels of dried beans to thresh and trucks of apples to press. Its surprise crop of late peas.
Beautiful October with it’s rare, gorgeous days: clear blue skies and cool breezes to keep our jackets on. Friends to drink cider, eat fresh made donuts, and jump into the leaves with. Fires to roast our chicken over and talk around, comparing harvests, discussing successes and failures. Leftover cider to heat up with spices and things, gingerly sipping a mug of it alongside a sizeable slice of pumpkin bread. Our garden to-do list slowly dwindling in size.
And here we are, hurrying to put in the winter crops and gather the last of the harvest. Just around the corner lies November, waiting to tuck the farm into bed and keep it sleeping until next year.
School’s back! What better way to spend a Saturday than to bring yourself and your school child, who are both reeling from the first full week of school, outside into the waning summer sunshine and work in the dirt for a few hours?
Come out tomorrow morning, September 13, between 9:00 and 12:00 and join us for one of our volunteer days. Come see our beautiful sunflowers! Guarenteed to make you smile!
See you tomorrow,
This month I ‘d thought I’d showcase a lovely, evolving aspect of our farm. My daughter, Keturah, grows flowers, arranges them into beautiful bouquets, and offers them for sale on Thursdays when our CSA members come to pick up their shares. I call it “evolving” because this is the first year she has attempted to have bouquets ready for sale regularly, although she has grown flowers in previous years. All the flowers you see in the pictures have been tenderly nurtured and creatively arranged by Keturah. Imagine tidbits of sunshine and color such as these sitting in your home to bring a smile to your face each day.
Just a reminder that this Saturday is the second saturday of the month and therefore, our volunteer day. The weather should be fine, so come on down to the farm and join us from 9:00 until 12:00 for a day filled with productive work and friends. Our stand will be open from 10 – 12:30 as well.
See you tomorrow!
So, another month has gone by and I still haven’t written that post I promised. That should tell you what kind of month June has been and how the beginning of July has been spent doing catch-up. I haven’t forgotten, just haven’t had any time. But you can come on over for our monthly work day on Saturday, July 12, from 9:00 until 12:00 and see for yourself what is going on. Things are growing, both wanted and unwanted. And, with the recent rains, it makes it easier to remove the unwanted plants.
Here’s a peek at what happened last work day. We weeded the onion patch and mulched it with straw.
Last time I posted a picture about a baby hoop house we added in the spring; this time I’m posting a picture of a baby baby that joined our family this spring (that might help explain what has been swallowing up so much of my time).
No, of course she isn’t mine; she’s my daughter’s and her husband’s. She arrived on our very first CSA day last month – the same day my daughter’s dog tried to take on a skunk (talk about a comedy of complications!) Her parents named her Hazel and she is lovely! We are truly blessed!
Not every June day is filled with roses and sunshine. We came out one Saturday morning and found the windows on our hoop house’s beautiful French doors smashed. It took some doing because we found the offending rock about half-way through the hoop house demonstrating how much force was needed to break the glass. Of course that meant there was shattered glass that far into the hoop house as well. Mark and the boys spent their morning cleaning up
broken glass and replacing the lovely windows with whatever material was available. I asked my artistic daughter to take a picture of the scene, and she turned it into a study of broken tempered glass design. It does look kind of interesting.
June began our CSA season and so far the members have received six buckets of fresh vegetables. This week they received fava beans amongst other veggies. Fava beans grow well for me here. If anyone is interested in buying some fresh fava beans, come on by Saturday morning between 10:00 and 12:30 to our stand right here on the farm. I sell them for $6.00 a bag – a bag will weigh about one pound. We also have Swiss chard, scallions, some herbs, and perhaps some other random items, like fresh garlic, kohlrabi, and carrots. We’ll have to wait one more week to have green beans.
So there, I finally did it! I updated the blog! I hear all your congratulatory cheers and feel much better about life. (hear the big sigh of relief)
Until next time,
Oh dear! I was just one digit off with my date…
Volunteer Second Saturday is June 14 not the 4th.
But you all figured that out long before I noticed. Sorry for the confusion.
(still working on that promised exciting, newsy post with lots of pictures, but here’s a little tidbit)
We got a new baby hoophouse this spring. It’s cute and it’s little and it’s portable so we can put it over some things early in the season and move it over other things to allow them to grow longer into the fall, while we replant a different section where the shelter will allow greens to winter over. Sound confusing? It means I don’t have to tear out my late tomatoes in fall before they are finished producing just to make space for wintered over greens to be planted. I can plant the greens in a different spot and simply move the hoop house to cover them when the weather necessitates. We’ll see how it works this year.
It’s so cute, isn’t it?
See you Saturday,
Hey all you people wishing for an excuse to hang out in the sun in a garden with fun people doing something beneficial and constructive:
Come out to Wilson Street Farm for our monthly Second Saturday Volunteer Day on June 4th from 9:00 until 12:00.
Hmmmm…. looks like my last post was a reminder about last month’s work day indicating that I’m overdue for a newsy, entertaining post with lots of pictures. I’ll try to work on a post real soon. Promise. ‘kay?
See you Saturday!
A big “Thank you!” to Janice Cochran and her U.B. class for all their help on May 1. We got weeds pulled and trees mulched and garbage cleaned up.
Although the class got a lot of work done on Thursday, there is still much to do. With all this rain, it’s been difficult to get outside to clean out beds and prepare fields. Please come out on Saturday, May 10, from 9:00 until 12:00, to help us get on top of things here at the farm. See you there!
Here’s hoping for good weather!