Two of our employees will celebrate their last day with us in the next week. Dripline will be pulled. More areas will be mulched. Flower beds, now full of bedraggled stems, will be plowed in for the sowing of cover crops.
It’s a wonderful time of year.
And while we take down and put away, there is still a bounty of produce. Loads of collards and kale are ready for harvest. Brand new crops of salad, arugula, mustard, and Asian turnips are growing rapidly in the hoophouses. Two full beds of flowers are nestled in to overwinter for early spring flowers. This is new and so exciting and scary to me. Hundreds of snapdragons, sweet william, foxglove, feverfew, delphinium, and campanula. It could be the most amazing display of a rainbow of colors giving us the problem of “what do we do with all these flowers?” or they could be trounced by this supposedly brutal winter that’s coming. I have goosebumps just thinking about it.
Construction continues on the washing shed. Bert has decided to go all out and make the second floor a timberframe structure. Unnecessary, perhaps, but if you have a big project, why not make it a delightful challenge with an impressive outcome… one in which we will delight in spending time.
It’s also paperwork time. I’m digging through stacks of receipts to enter them all into the record-keeping. In another week or so, I’ll drive to Rhode Island to learn more about the business of flower growing. Other growers will bring their ideas and suggestions, and we’ll exchange schedules of seedings and tips for improved production. Then there are brochures to print promoting wedding flowers and the 2014 flower share program. It’s surprising how much energy we have thinking of next year. I guess it’s supported by the dark evenings that send us to bed earlier and the lack of physical demand… or maybe it’s the extra cup of coffee as I sit at the desk and start flipping through magazines and catalogs.
I look forward to sharing more farm updates from here at the desk. I raise my cup of coffee to you, our supporters, that have made another year of family farming possible.
This year will definitely go down as the most weather-challenged year of farming. Spring was too cool and wet to get summer crops in on time. Summer still doesn’t feel as though it has truly arrived, temperature-wise. And the rain has continued to fall resulting in poor growth and even rot in the worst cases. We are counting our blessings as we have been unharmed by blight on the tomatoes (so far?) and our flower share members have been so accommodating and understanding with the smaller-than-traditional harvest. Spring wedding season went well and the summer celebrations begin soon. Here’s hoping we get lots of warm sunshine in the next two weeks to really bring out the best in the beds of blossoms.
With the cool nights, we have transitioned to fall. The first salad bed is seeded. Next up, mustard, arugula, and spinach. And the overwintered flower bed won’t be far away.