“There has not yet been a season poor enough to dent the pleasures of this farm at the beginning of August. The tomatoes are heavy on the vines, the onions and the shallots are fat, the corn is above our heads, and the first plump fall raspberries are coming ripe, with the tantalizing promise of a good flush in a couple of weeks if all goes well.
Yesterday, as we took our weekly walking inventory, Mark said he’d never seen a stand of soy so lovely. We stood there for a moment, taking in its bright green loveliness, and marveling at the generosity of the soil, which has been good to us despite what it’s been through this year. I do love this place with my whole heart, and never more than when it has brought us to the brink of despair and back off of it again, a few inches at least.
Meanwhile, the weather has gone Dr. Jekyll on us, after all those weeks of Hyde. Soft breezes, strong sun, and cool nights good for sleeping. Yesterday we even got the gentle rain that we needed but were hesitant to wish for, lest we wouldn’t be able to shut it off again. That is good news for the hay ground, as it makes a decent second cutting of hay seem likely…” [Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.]