End of the Season

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We’ll be picking and preparing produce for the farmer’s market today. Tomorrow is the last one of the year.

It will be nice to sleep past 4:30 on Saturday mornings again.

It’s been an excellent year for us at the market, thanks to an ever increasing number of people who are choosing fresh locally-grown food, and hopefully in part because we’ve been able to deliver delicious high-quality food each week. We had failures–deer destroyed all of our purple hull peas and most of our tomatoes and heavy rain ruined most of our sweet potatoes–but most of our gardens came in beautifully and week in and week out we’ve been able to fill our table. Most weeks we have sold out.

Fall has been good to us and we still have lots of food growing in the gardens. Tomorrow we’ll have radishes, Swiss chard, turnips, spinach, 3 kinds of kale, collard greens, arugula, 7 types of Asian greens, sweet potatoes, mustard greens and broccoli, as well as Cherie’s homemade granola. Like us, our customers will eat well.

Things will start to slow down for us now. We’ll still be delivering produce to drop points twice a week, but the rush of the season will be over.

Now we can get serious about that long list of winter projects we’ve been saving up. And we can get some rest.

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11 comments on “End of the Season

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Congratulations on another successful gardening season; and be sure to enjoy that rest, you’ve earned it!!

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Deb. We did a heavier than normal harvest today, given that the market is closing. Just now wrapping up the prep. Ready to settle in with a book and a glass of wine. Got an early start coming in the morning.

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  2. Our farmers market closed down last month…early for sure but the veggie harvest here have been so low due to weather extremes that there wasn’t much to sell and fewer and fewer shoppers every week. We are hoping for a much better season next year.

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    • Bill says:

      We do two markets and the other one (in a smaller town) closed down at the end of September. The shoppers were really starting to dwindle there near the end. Fortunately our principal market has stayed strong. Hope yours does much better next year.

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  3. Laurie Graves says:

    It’s wonderful that you had such a good year. Yay!!! May next year be as good or even better.

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    • Bill says:

      I have a tendency to focus on the things that don’t go right. But as I reflected on it I realized that we had a lot more go right than wrong. It’s been a solid year. We produced a lot of food and helped feed a lot of people.

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  4. gatheringplaceseasonfour says:

    Have been looking for other kind(s) of Kale – besides – crinkly (in chain store)

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    • Bill says:

      We didn’t even grow the curly kale this year. We have Siberian, Red Russian and dinosaur (Lacinato). Sorry you aren’t closer. We could handle that concern for you.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I’m down to one tomato, a few carrots, and one yellow squash — we’ve had such terrible storms and rain this weekend and last that my farmers haven’t been able to make the three-hour drive down here. Oh, woe!

    Thank goodness we have no end of the season: only a change in some of the produce available. Of course, if I were doing the growing, I might feel differently, but it surely is nice to be able to count on at least some fresh veggies all year round.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s interesting how farming can vary depending on where the farm is located. In south Florida, where we used to live, vegetables are grown in the winter, and the farmers rest in the summer.

      I’m glad that you get to enjoy year-round produce there. That’s our goal here too and we can usually manage it, but sometimes an unusually harsh winter will do us in.

      Our farmers market closes at the end of October and used to stay closed until April. This year, for the first time, it will reopen in January. Meanwhile we’ll continue to deliver veggies to our customers in Danville every Saturday, but we won’t have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to do it. 🙂

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