Busy Wagons & School Tours
The leaves are falling, the air is quite chilly and we saw a mild frost this week. The days are still warming up to almost 60, but our hands are quite cold as we pull loads and loads of winter squash out of the fields. The trick, of course, is to not put too many totes on the wagon; Ziggy always cautions us that the tires and shaft will break. Low and behold late last night, when trying to get our day’s harvest out before a possible rain and the sun setting, Andy loaded over 70 totes onto the wagon, got 3/4 of the way to the barn and pop goes the tire and shaft. These lessons are so hard but quite humbling.
We had a wonderful week of school groups out to the farm, as they brighten our light dwindling days. Bertschi second graders have been visiting our Griffin Creek Farm for many years, but this was the first time we had their school tour on the 40 acres at Carnation Farms, nestled below the historic red tin roofs and white picket barns. Our gorgeous morning began with the kids making parsley bunches, as well as red, green and Lacinato kale bunches. After visiting the mighty Snoqualmie River and all the newly planted native trees, we ventured to harvest purple top turnips and watermelon radishes. These 2nd graders will host a market at their school and the proceeds will all go to Pike Place Market Foundation. It is quite amazing to have such dedication to food and community in their curriculum, and we give many thanks to all of their hard work.
As we head into the winter squash season, enjoy the many fall recipes and heartfelt joy in bringing these veggies to your table, minus a few wagon hiccups.
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