While the weather is beginning to feel more like fall, we are surrounded by the beautiful reminders that summer is over and the fall season is settling in. Personally, fall has always been a hard transition for me, and as the sun begins to lower in the sky and the goldenrod fills the fields, I notice that my own energy, which has been fueling me through a long farming season, is also beginning to fade.
This time of year, we are harvesting the big fall crops such as potatoes, onions, and winter squash. Hardly a moment to slow down as we take these crops out and begin the fall chores of weeding and planting cover crops so that the beds will be protected through the long winter. At the same time, we are still harvesting the warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers and tomatilos. I do love the harvesting best, and even more, I love when we can give farm shares to all of you, and know that you are enjoying this beautiful, nourishing food also. So, as we forge on in the next month, I hope that all of you will continue to enjoy the food, and not forget to pick up your shares. Our farm shares will continue through September and into the first week of October. The last Tuesday pick up will be Tuesday Oct. 4, and the last Friday share will be the 7th of October. If you will not be able to pick up your farm share, please let us know asap, so that we do not harvest for you. You are always welcome to switch days (at the farm) though you need to let us know in advance.
Also, we are raising organic turkeys on pasture for Thanksgiving. They look strong and healthy as we move them each day onto green grass so that they will eat the grass, herbs and bugs to keep them healthy, and we believe make them more nourishing for us. We still have quite a few turkeys to sell, but they do go fast as we get closer to Thanksgiving, so if you would like to order a turkey, please let us know asap. The turkeys are $4 a pound, plus the slaughter fee ($7). In the past we slaughtered the turkeys here on our farm and did not charge for that, but, unfortunateley this year the laws have changed and we are not allowed to slaughter turkeys on the farm anymore.
As always, if you have any questions or thoughts that you would like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to write or call, or talk with me or one of our apprentices at pick up. As we start to think about next year, we would love to hear from you what you really loved in the shares, what you didn’t enjoy, what you would have liked more or less of, etc. etc. This is just our second year selling farm shares and we are still learning a lot, and trying to improve on what we do each season, so any feedback will be very helpful as we plan for the future of our farm.