Yesterday was the first really cold day of fall on our farm. Cold–like when the wind forces its way through your clothes, and through your bones. Like when your ears feel as if they will fall off when exposed for a moment too long. While it made it slightly more difficult to harvest our root crops, it was a welcome sign. A sign which says that we have to slow our roll. That we have done what we can this season, and should pack it up soon. That the soil and the micro-organisms need a rest (as do we).
While we are not packing it up as such, we are nearing the end of our growing season. We have a few more crops growing. Those which are hardy and cold tolerant, like carrots, salad greens, some kale, turnips, scallions, and collards. Fall and winter are also when we begin to plan our next season, ponder which changes need to be made, and what to do more or less of. Though, that is getting ahead of ourselves. Fall is here and this farming life continues.
On our market tables this week will be apples (Golden Delicious, Fuji, Black Twig & Granny Smith), arugula, bok choy, butternut squash, carrots (regular orange & purple), cilantro, fennel, spicy/hot Padron peppers, sweet green Carmen peppers, Rouge Vif D’Etampes pumpkins (great for pies and roasting), sweet yellow onions, parsley, French breakfast and Easter egg radishes, salad greens, Hakurei salad turnips, and eggs. Visit us tomorrow at the farmers market @ St. Stephen’s from 9am – 12pm.
This weekend is the second to last market for us this year, with next week being our last. We will not be at market over the Thanksgiving weekend. Please note that the Richmond Marathon happens tomorrow morning and may affect traffic patterns in the farmers market at St. Stephen’s neighborhood. Click here for an overview of road closures.
With shorter days we are slowing ourselves down. Slowing down offers reflection, an appreciation of seasonal change, and feeling the cold. And more moments to read books and discover new poetry, like the contemporary American poet, James Wright’s poem, Beginning. It was once noted that Wright’s “mood was sometimes very dark, though one of his great strengths was the life-affirming quality of his work.” Happy weekend!