As we head into our favorite season, having weathered excessive spring rains, excessive heat, record dry days and a historical solar eclipse, we can hopefully sigh a bit of relief for cool, crisp mornings, shorter days and the smell of sweet leaves falling to the ground.
In the fields, we have direct seeded our last seeds as almost a peace offering for it is too late to really hope for germination by fall floods and frost, but it is an offering up for dormancy and being the first to pop up in spring. It is a peace offering in the sense that we ask so much of our land, soil, irrigation, workforce. We offer it up freely without great expectations, knowing that it may be devoured by wintering beavers, November grazing elk or just the sheer extremes we have yet to encounter. It some how feels relieving to just lovingly plant the seeds without any real agenda; sometimes these render the sweetest returns for all!
Fall is filled with great anticipation as events are abundant throughout the valley like our Member Day on September 9th and Sno-Valley Tilth Pig Roast on September 16th as well as many farms that offer up pumpkin and fall harvest festivals.
Our schools will kick into action, and kids will return to our fields to capture the essence of farming and sustainable eating. Kitchens are returning to their more productive cooking times when turning on the stove and oven does not seem like a chore and delightful, hearty soups and rich sauces are created with our splendid root crops and greens. We are in our glory with summer warm crops fading and the healthy vegetables that will not only taste good, but will also offer up medicinal fortitude for the cold and flu season ahead. Our beans and carrots will be added to the list, and this is the time to really engage in these important foods, high in minerals and vitamins that may have been depleted throughout the summer. We love this season as we can still celebrate and converse outside with each other around a fire or in the fields after a full day of harvest thankful for such awe-inspiring food.
Don’t forget to find us on Instagram (@fullcirclefarms).