"Half the" Dirt on the Farm: 8/29/13

Wow! We have made it to the halfway point in our delivery schedule for this seasons CSA. It is hard to believe that we still have 13 weeks of boxes (plus, the two extra boxes in December for theseasonal wheel Bridge Share) that we will pack for our members, especially being we could see frost as early as 5 weeks from now. One of the things I love about vegetable farming, and eating locally, is how connected with the constantly turning seasonal wheel one becomes.

The sun sits lower in the sky lately and each day greets dusk earlier and earlier. The Fall fruits and vegetables are coming into their peek of production. Apples, peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, and melons start flooding into farm stands and markets. These changes can all awaken a now almost lost instinct for people to pack and preserve food to ensure survival in the fast coming Winter season. Soon enough we will start seeing the longer season winter storage items, filled with the suns energy. Our Winter squash, turnips, carrots, beets, potato and onions will be abundant in future CSA boxes. And, I always start thinking about dusting off my giant 25 lb crock to make my big batch of winter saurkraut!
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As the seasons shift we are reminded that nothing in life is permanent. We are inspired to be present in each passing moment and assess our goals and long term projects to make sure we are on track to accomplish what we need to before the killing cold of Winter takes over. I hope everyone has enjoyed the first half of this season and may we have a strong and abundant finish as we shift into the last half.