The Earth Does What It Does

For those of you who haven't done this with us for the past 25 years (yes I know there are a few newbies out there), it's hard to explain just how weird, how unusual, how non-typical, this growing season is. For those of you who have just done this with us last season, it might feel to you like we are truly ninth-level wizards. Truth is, it's got very little to do with us.

When any vegetable farm, but especially one in New England, gets day after day of sunshiny sun, followed by just a little bit of rain (in the evening or on the weekend). And this repeats week after week. And in this case MONTH after MONTH. Well, good things just happen in the fields. Winter squashes multiply into bin-loads. Pumpkins blow up like giant balloons. Kale turns deep green. Arugula never bolts and fluffs like a feather-bed. Sweet potatoes size up. Cauliflower heads up. And each little broccoli bud swells deep blue-green. Every once in a while there's a little blip - the carrots are a little small for some unknown reason. Or the peppers stopped fruiting a bit earlier than usual. But these now feel like blips, as we walk through what can only be described as vegetable nirvana.

Long ago, I decided to take no credit for the outcomes of our work here. Not just because I didn't want to take the blame, but because it was apparent that they were based on way too many "uncontrollables." We set the table: we make sure all of the seeds are in the ground, the crew is hired, the greenhouse has fuel, etc. But we do the same thing nearly every year and the results are wildly variable. It's weather. It's timing. It's happenstance. Which is another way of saying the earth does what it does. Or (my dad's favorite) "Man proposes and God disposes." Or let's not dwell on it too much. Let's just enjoy it. That's what we are doing everyday.

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

Your Farmer,
Dan
(for Karen, Abbe, Ellen, Ben, Marlee, and Will)