News From the Farm
One of this season's themes has been lack of storage space. While all in all this is a good problem to have, it also creates a lot of time spent moving things from one place to another. This week we started using the delivery truck for overflow pallets. We are thankful for our greenhouse (built last fall) with wonderful concrete floors for ease of moving around bins of squash!
Our coolers are also storing totes and bins full of fall radishes, turnips, celeriac and beets while smaller ones continue to size up in the field. To make space for fall carrots that we started to harvest on Monday, we decided more pallets of roots needed to be washed and given to you this week so we could make more space in the coolers! So here we are - stuffing your boxes full of an assortment this week to make way for incoming carrot bins!
Autumn is full of new sights and sounds. The display of fall colors, though muted and washed out compared to other years, is always a welcome sight. The oak and birch trees look beautiful, while the walnuts stand bare and hint at November's bleakness. We hear the cries from soaring, hawks, woodpeckers, blue jays and crows. The vegetable fields stand out among the yellows and browns of surrounding farm land and woods, vibrant hues of greens from the bright green carrot tops to the blue hues of broccoli, romananesco, brussels sprouts, light green of turnips and radishes.
Mat and Derek are working on preparing fields for garlic planting and for the winter. Next week we'll start to break up garlic bulbs for planting the individual cloves (seed). This week they'll be seeding rye cover crop on some of our other fields. It is time to start to prepare the farm for the coming winters sleep. And once again it is a bit of a race against the calender, if we are too slow in our preparations we will soon be out of time as mother nature waits for no farmer.
Cate & Mat