And Just Like That…
And just like that the temperatures dropped into the 45 degree lows overnight, the rains came, and snow was reported in the Cascades as we witnessed our summer drought come to an end.
We are excited to have had such a luscious and needed drink of water and change of season. The ground has been thoroughly saturated, plants revived and our energy restored. This week, we were in full rain gear mode already with many layers. It is truly astonishing how quickly it all changes and for the many fire fighters in Oregon and Washington that are able to go home as fires move into contained status, we sigh a sense of relief for the forests.
September is a very full month as we have our hands in many tasks, harvest of our summer tender crops ending and harvest of storage winter crops beginning. We will start in on potato harvest with this window of dry weather and continue on beans and greens. Tractors and spreaders chug slowly across the fields, applying compost and cover crop and turning up weeds so that they are unable to gain ground next season. School tours have been exhilarating as the weather changes and continue through the month, always enjoying young faces and potential farmers for the next generation.
As we move into a nice seven-day, dry stretch after this rain, our focus is still very much on harvest, but we will begin our tidying up and getting ready for winter activities.
Cast iron skillets, deep rich flavors of apples and winter squash, kales, beans – it is all so wonderful to be back in our kitchens back to a little routine. Fall is a magnificent eating season here in the Northwest!!
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