right now :: good winter

You know, it’s been a good winter.  It’s like this….winter morning sun

and this….winter clouds

and even though we wouldn’t mind some real snow now and then, the fact that we still have enough lettuce (no promises it will still be there after tonight!) to have a beautiful salad cinches the fact.  winter saladIt has been a good winter so far.

bye bye basil

i was sort of ridiculed at a gathering this past weekend when i expressed my jubilation at the first killing frost that had occurred around my region the night before. i looked about the room for some support for my excessive glee. sure, i am sorry to see the passing of summer, but if you haven’t had your fill of pesto by now, well, no comment.

life is wild on a family farm during the frenetic summer months. honestly, with the coming of winter we look ahead with such joyful anticipation of the longer nights, the warmth of the wood stove and a wee bit more free time.

so, happy frost y’all, we have had 3 nights in a row and around here, we are celebrating!

ffrffrssfro

all good things must come to an end.

week 20

we completed the main season of our csa this past saturday and golly do we feel great.

csa

there are about as many csa structures as there are csa farms. our’s is divided into a 20 week main season and an optional 8-10 week fall extension. when we designed our csa 16 years ago, we felt this offered us and our shareholders some flexibility. if you don’t love greens, now is a good time to stop receiving our weekly baskets.

farewell tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. welcome kale and chard!

farewell tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. welcome kale and chard!

now, this sunny breezy september sunday, i feel more than ever the benefits. we are celebrating, we have upheld our commitment and we can take a deep breath.

i know,  we will actually do the very same thing next saturday. there are some differences though:  we have fewer shareholders during the fall extension, the farm work load is lightened, and now, truly, with the end of our main season, summer is OVER!

to honor this day and every csa farmer and csa shareholder out there i pause, send you all a huge hoorah, and pick up my knitting.

the flowers are welcome to linger a bit longer

the flowers are welcome to linger a bit longer