Gorgeous Fall Days
We officially said goodbye to our summer squash, zucchini and cucumbers yesterday as Ziggy mowed many fields leaving only remnants of the veggies to be eaten by the wildlife.
The smell in the air has given us a shout out that fall is here! Smoke in the hills, sweet leafy matter turning to yellow and brown and falling to the ground, and the cool air surrounding our faces most of the mornings are all greeting in our favorite month − October!
As we put lots of open ground to rest, we are already assessing what we will do for next year. Our planting plan brains are strategizing where things will need to be diversified for next year and how we can improve upon our soil management. Of course, all of this is quite impossible given we have a full winter ahead of unknown flooding sequences.
It is always good to have a plan, flexible in its layout, but at least a starting place and a good documentation of the previous year. We do a great deal of heavy soil amendments in the fall and spring as we know that the annual flooding leeches our soil of nutrients; this is a frequent question I have on tours.
Our potato harvest is running smooth, and we are excited for delicious Yukon and red varieties. Our first harvest of the fall beets started yesterday as our Chioggias are beautiful light red with their incredible lighter greens ready to enter into your meals with hearty, nutritive substance!
The days on the farm are out-of-this world gorgeous. The quiet air is still warm for a few hours as light is becoming more scarce, and we find our afternoons and evenings processing into the dark. Many thanks to Chef Holly, owner of Café Juanita, for her beautiful meal to our SAAS friends who dined in our sweet, twinkle-lit greenhouse basked in the fall veggies. Our days will continue in tours and harvest and full to the brim for most of October, and we will delight in seeing member faces for Member Day and Stewardship Events.
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