Along about the middle of August, there is a noticeable shift in light, signaling the imminent arrival of fall.
|looks like fall|
|sunlight on the ridge|
|it seems like a lot of days have looked like THIS|
(after I just finished washing it)
|here comes the rain!|
The wet weather means working in the gardens has been impossible some days. Which, personally, is a good thing. I got caught up on the farm bookwork and can finally see a portion of the top of my desk once more. And, (drumroll, please) we are currently running “in the black”. It is a laughably small amount, (and we’ve still got several months to go) but considering many of the unexpected challenges and obstacles of this year, it made my day to see that things weren’t anywhere near as bad as I had expected.
|spending time on paperwork is a necessary part of farming|
|pretty sure this will never catch on as a fashion statement|
And, speaking of challenges, I have at least another week in the boot. Last week’s trip to the ortho-doc didn’t get me very far. (and I had to explain to at least 3 people that it was NOT my ankle but my foot) He thought it was a torn plantar plate (the ligament that affects toe extension) and that I should return to my podiatrist. The podiatrist was worried about a stress fracture (which more x-rays revealed it was not) and wants me to stay in the boot until the custom orthotics (that should keep this from happening again) are ready at the beginning of September. So, I’ll be hopping a little longer, but it doesn’t hurt like it did and there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. But, it is truly amazing how something so small has affected life in such a large way.
|I think this is a sign of fall|
Despite the rain and the boot, we did get some additional broccoli and cauliflower planted. Our original plans included far more plants, but the wet weather caused lots of delays, and that meant we missed our planting window. Which, honestly, is okay. Personally, I am done. Just done with this season. I would like to just shut it all down until next year. But, that’s not how any of this works. You can’t just give up without seriously affecting the next season…and the next. So, you keep plugging away.
|finishing up the planting job|
To that end, we made use of one rainy morning and sauced tomatoes. The wet weather makes the tomatoes split. Split tomatoes don’t last. At all. They rot quickly, and all sorts of pests eat them. As a producer, this is a real bummer. But, as an eater, it can be a bonanza, if you act with haste. Working as a team, we were able to pick, wash, cut, sauce, cook and can the winter’s supply of tomato sauce in short order. We even made some pizza sauce!
|waited a little too long on that top one|
|don't know what this fuzzy guy is|
but, he is definitely NOT helping!
|now, that's a pretty tomato!|
And, there is good news from elsewhere around the farm
|Look! The grapes are ready!|
Good thing I covered them with netting...
|I looked out the kitchen window to see|
FIVE deer behind the barn!
(then the Boss found one eating corn in the back garden)
|not getting these beauties, deer!|
|kale in the morning light|
|Angus showing flehmen response|
this is how he knows when to "do his job"
(50% of the ewes have been marked)
Not only did the Boss find green and wax beans for this week’s Market growing among the weeds, but the succession planting is looking great. The plants are covered with blossoms that should develop into beans just in time for next week’s Market. He found some butternut squash, too. I thought that crop was a complete failure, so that was a pleasant surprise.
|bush-hogging in the garden|
Then he bush-hogged some of the old, spent crops. That always makes things look tidier in a hurry. And, that in turn lifts our somewhat flagging spirits. Like I said before, this time of year it’s hard to be enthusiastic about the garden and growing things. Maybe it’s our response to the change in light. Even if you can’t see it, you sense the shift. And, personally, I welcome it. I am ready for the seasonal changes. Different foods, different clothes and some different activities.
time to wind it down for the season
|honeybee in white clover|
|pokeberries against a gorgeous sky|
|August full moon|
|well, hello there little hummer!|
|monarch on thistle|
|tiny orange skipper on clover|
But, before we get all excited about changing seasons... it's time for Market once more.
|leaving for Market|
|early morning at the Market|
It was a beautiful “fall-like” morning and there were lots of shoppers. There wasn’t much left at the end of the morning, although it does look like we’ll be canning tomatoes this afternoon. (not complaining about that one…just thinking up recipes)
It looks we have several jobs that are going to require our attention on our “day off”, so I will close this post right here.
Hope you’re having a Happy Sunday!
|first sign of fall at the Market|
Thanks for stopping by. Come back and “visit” us again soon.
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