The last of the winter-time veggie field prep was finished as the sun fell yesterday evening, just in time for the slow, soaking rain to move in. All of the summer crops and trellises are out, compost spread and cover crop seed drilled in. It was a strange project to be sweating over on a warm, seventy-something day.
The field is now a series of orderly stripes—lush green pea-oat cover from August, bare soil that was just cleared and seeded down, and narrow rows of the late season hold-outs—leeks, brussel sprouts and corn drying down for grinding into cornmeal. The western-most section of field is vibrant still with rows of winter roots, huge broccoli plants and lettuce heads. Despite the warm days, the weather did manage a quick frost this past weekend, reminding us that fall, if not here quite on time, is really on its way.
We had a great time last week taking the horses and hay wagon out to the field to pick pumpkins followed by a campfire, dinner and tasty desserts. Thanks to everyone for coming out. Special thanks to Allison and Jennifer for decorating the barn and making the place look beautifully festive for the celebration.
In the Farm Shares
In the veggie share: celery (delightful with peanut butter and raisins), spinach, winter squash, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce, kale, chard, white, blue and fingerling potatoes, garlic, red and white cooking onions, scallions, green, red and savoy cabbage, carrots, beets, wheat berries, whole wheat flour.
In the meat share: Fresh broiler chickens in the cooler. All cuts of beef are available as well as pork chops, roasts, and scrapple in the freezer. Pork in the share next week.
- Small Business Food Processor Seminar to Be Held at Grange (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Volunteers from Across Country Help CATS Trail (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Fall Moving In Slowly (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Wet and Muddy (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Full and By Farm: Storms Bring Relief (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)