Pouring Rain & Rosemary
The pouring rain has now dominated most of our last days here in November with temperatures still unseasonably warm in the mid to high 50’s. This week, we said goodbye as we have for the past four years to Joaquin and Felicitas in their annual pilgrimage back home. We will miss their lovely smiles and hard work and wish them safe travels and happy holidays!
Our crew now shrinks to winter bare bones with just four on harvest. Ziggy, Andrew and I handle processing and deliveries. Clean-up is still going strong; it is always amazing to me how many totes can get dispersed throughout one growing season in the nooks and crannies of the farm.
The arrival of snow geese last week has the sky filled with hoarse trumpet calls, and the bald eagles are vivid everyday hunting the storming waters and pockets of flooded waters in the fields. They truly have their season on our farm, and it begins now in late November and runs to their breeding cycle in January, and we are in awe of it every year!!
We have a guest worker down from Alaska, another Andrew from Minnesota, who has been helping us with re-structuring our processing station and giving it some new bells and whistles. He has worked on a farm in Alaska and has some down time in these winter months, and we are grateful for the five weeks he is with us.
This time of year always calls to me for wreaths and rosemary. If you are decorating or cooking, rosemary is one of those amazing herbs that fits in both worlds. On our farm, we have rosemary planted in the garden for protection and remembrance, as a culinary herb and as an essential oil. As a healing herb, it is well known for its essential oil cineol and alpha-pinene, which helps provide anti-inflammation, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It has also more recently been shown to improve memory and help fight certain types of cancer. In culinary uses, it has a woodsy, citrus-like fragrance that is hardy in oils and slow-cooked dishes as it is very robust and related to mint, but has leaves like flat pine needles. We recommend you stock up on this beautiful herb for your holidays and cherish it long after by planting in the garden.
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