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The home stretch and the future of the farm.
Happy Autumnal Equinox and Full Moon,
For those who are out of money in their account, or almost, and want to continue to order:
IF YOU PICK UP AT THE FARM – YOU CAN PAY BY CASH OR CHECK WHEN YOU PICK UP AND LEAVE PAYMENT IN THE CASH BOX ON THE COUNTER. (checks should be made out to me)
IF YOU PICK UP AT UNION MILL: YOU CAN MAIL A CHECK AFTER YOU PICK UP TO PO BOX 143 TEMPLE 03084. (checks should be made out to me)
We’re in our 16th week of harvest and with the cooler weather and shortening days the season is beginning to wind down. The deer know this and are starting to scavenge more aggressively. There were nine in the field the other day and last night when I was out looking for a marauding porcupine one gave a warning huff and I heard several take off into the woods. I even chased some turkeys out of the hoop house recently and found their tracks in the greenhouse. In the greenhouse?! I don’t think this has to do with the changing seasons, but instead a surprising boldness on their part. They seem to know what might really threaten them and recognize that going into our greenhouses doesn’t. They like to scratch in the hay mulch.
We’ve added baby bok choy, some spinach, and a little broccoli *this week. Beans, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes have pretty much called it quits. There’s only a little *salad mix this week, with three more plantings on the way, weather permitting.
The other news is that THIS IS OUR LAST SEASON. After farming for most of the last 43 years, 32 of those years here in Temple, and with Julie now retired from teaching and both of us coming up on our mid-sixties, the time has come. As much as I love the work I don’t think I still have the physical stamina or psychic resilience needed to run this seven-day-a-week seasonal marathon anymore. The last two years were an experiment in cutting out our big farmer’s market down in Mass. and running the online market as a CSA, but the work was still non-stop and it became clear that it’s time to hang up the hoe.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!! whether for just this last season or since we began the online market in 2007. I’ll miss growing food for everyone. We’ll probably continue with the blueberries and will let people know about that.
Meanwhile, we still have up to five weeks to go this season so it’s not over yet!