Spin Me Right Round

What did we do this week? It is, admittedly, a bit of a blur. One childhood piece of advice I remember: to prevent dizziness when you're spinning around fast, lock your eye on the same point each time you go around. In farming, I'm learning that reference point is to get the basics done. In the spring, put seeds in the ground. In summer and fall, get the harvest in. This week: thousands of pounds of tomatoes. And thousands of pounds of melons. Lots of summer to be grateful for. And the first hints of fall - first big broccoli harvest, and lacinato kale is ready too. The harvests now take on an Alice-in-Wonderland theme; after the corn makes us tiny, the broccoli makes giants of us all as we walk over forests of tiny broccoli trees. Sunny finished her summer harvest-manager role on Thursday, a second-year apprenticeship area of focus that for her was characterized by (lots of) yellow legal pads, (lots of) cucumbers, and (lots of) positive communication. And on Friday Ellen took on the role for the week, beginning a fall opportunity for the apprentices to to rotate the harvest management weekly between them.  

In the middle of all the harvesting of full-grown crops we looked down and realized the newly seeded ones needed cultivating, so we snuck that in. On a windless morning we re-skinned the greenhouse, so we have a dry space to put all the onions we'll harvest next week. It looks like new again, especially because Dan and Karen built some very spiffy roll-up sides. Fewer and fewer weeders worked each day as they finished their seasons, and we bid them good-school-years-to-all. Their parting gift: thinning the fall rutabagas and turnips so the roots can grow big and round.  When Rebecca returns from her vacation this week the full-season crew will be back together for the fall; just like we were in the spring, four or five of us, not twenty anymore.  

This is back-to-school moment is a traditional time of transition, and we feel it on the farm too in all of these ways: the harvests, the busy farm shops, the crew's size, the projects both finished and un-finished.When we feel dizzy? Make sure the food gets picked.There! Stability in theconstantmotion of transition. We hope you enjoy the harvest!

Your Farmer,
(for Dan, Karen, Abbe, Rebecca, Sunny and Ellen)