Autumn is officially upon us. This week was beautiful, with mid-day cooler weather, low angle sunlight, and downright cold mornings. I love the swing in temperature from early morning to mid-afternoon at this time of year. A couple of mornings this week we even caught Kenneth wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt: you know it’s chilly in the morning when that happens!
We’re moving along with harvests and preparing the farm for its winter rest. Overnight temperatures last week fell to below 50 degrees, causing our field nightshades—the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants—to stop production. And we have started to pull other yummy veggies out of the fields. We started harvesting sweet potatoes, and we pulled out some doozies—beautiful, large specimens—among the usual wide array of sizes. The long spindly pieces taste good roasted.
We also pulled the last of the golden and red potatoes, and we had both winter squash and watermelons on the stand. Squash, of course, makes me think of fall, and the watermelon of summer. It’s an interesting juxtaposition. We harvested carrots, too, so you should be seeing those on the stand along with other lovely root veggies (such as beets), the potatoes, and more onions.
At the end of the week we had our lovely Fall Harvest Festival. We put together a nice potluck lunch and shared each other’s good company on an ideal fall day.
Hope to see you soon!
—Seth (who’s beard has so much dirt after a work day, it grows its own potatoes)