“I’m back to the farm and the family, at last. It was a good and productive month away. I finished the proposal for my next book, and now have a deal with the same publisher (Scribner) and the same wonderful editors who worked with me on The Dirty Life. After that business was wrapped up I still had three uninterrupted weeks to work on the manuscript, which was a huge gift. This next book doesn’t have a title yet, but it is a sequel to The Dirty Life – about farming, food and family. I’m so grateful to Mark and to everyone in the community who pitched in to keep things running here at home.
Landing on the farm after time away is always a jarring experience, but this time even more so, since I was going from the quiet, contemplative writers’ colony to the non-stop action of this place at harvest season. The whole crew has been stretched pretty thin. We have not yet hired a new dairy manager to replace Kelsey, Luke injured his back, and Mark was busier than usual with the children and household duties. We have some extra muscle on the farm this week for harvest, which makes our tired farmers very happy. Thanks to Gilberto and his friends for being here.
So far we have about 6 tons of cabbage cleaned and in the cooler, plus 4 tons of beets, the radishes and turnips. Onions and garlic have been cleaned and stored. Squash and potatoes still need to be cleaned, sorted and stored. We hope to get to that next week…”Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.
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