box 18

 

Good day all,

Well the day has come, time for the last box of the season.  I cannot tell you what a privilege it has been to be your farmer for the year and to share in the experience that is the marvel of growing and consuming food.  What really gets me is all the players involved.  It not only takes you and me and Kevin and Jerry, Marienne and Willard who rent us land and encourage our efforts and Gray who lets us use his greenhouse and seeding trays and waters for us we are not there, and Heather who comes out on weekends to help and lends me her vehicle when the truck breaks down, and the people who supply the tools and boxes and seeds and not to mention the great roads we have in this country, but beyond the human side there is also the vast amount of biotic and abiotic forces at play:  the rock and mineral that has been worn and weathered into soil and the glaciers that brought a lot of the really good stuff here and the plants that over eons have died to build up the soil’s organic matter and the water that, come and go as it may in inconvenient amounts, is essential and all those bacteria and micro organisms and fungi and  insects that really do all the heavy work and that giant ball of fuel in the sky and, maybe most mysteriously, that inexplicable desire and thirst that all living things have (vegetables included) to live, grow, thrive and produce, driving this complex web of interactions.

 

And then we come along and stick a fork in it.

 

 

For the forks this week :

 

Cabbage/Cauliflower/Broccoli/Spinach
Winter Squash—carnival, acorn, long pie pumpkin that was crossed with acorn
Onions
Garlic
Sage
Thyme (full shares)
Brussels Sprouts (full shares)
Collard Greens
Rutabaga
Beets—red and yellow
Carrots—regular and baby

And one lucky member will randomly get our bumper crop of Jerusalem Artichoke—a little crunchy root with the texture of an airy carrot and the looks of a hunk of ginger.  It can be eaten raw or cooked, I suggest trying a little bit both ways if you are this lucky person.

 

I will be sending out a little ten question survey picking your brain about the experience you’ve had with us this season next week.  If you be so kind to fill it out it would be greatly appreciated and will help make next season all the better.

 

And with that I bid you all a happy fall and a merry winter.   Thank you for being a part of the farm this year, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

 

Many Blessings,

Brandon.

 

 

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