Below are a few pictures and a farm update from the past couple of months.
It’s impossible to ignore the changing seasons as we are a few days from fall. The Sandbrook Meadow crew is welcoming the cooler temperatures with open arms for more reasons than just a respite from the summer’s heat. The new cool weather crops are a nice change in pace for us from what we’ve been giving out since July. Just because we have chosen to be farmers does not mean we are impervious to becoming weary of seeing the same vegetables day after day and week after week. But the beauty of a growing year is that when you have had just about as much as you can handle of one crop, the seasons dictate that it’s time to move on to another.
We are looking forward to some of the same vegetables we had in the spring but also some new ones that thrive in the fall (sweet potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc). Sadly some of our fall lettuce has bolted already. It’s more difficult this time of year to grow as it is planted in August and can suffer in the heat before the temperatures drop consistently. We have a couple more beds of lettuce planted that still look good and hopefully the scorchers are behind us. Also, unfortunately our winter squash/ pumpkin patch failed due to duress from disease. This is very disappointing as we were eagerly awaiting the butternuts, pie pumpkins, and other squashes. However it is the reality of the risks and rewards of farming. This is one of the many reasons we grow more than one crop unlike so many other farms these days. If one crop does not deliver for us, we can still sustain ourselves on what our fields provide. It is not the first crop that has left us empty handed and will not be the last. We’ll have to wait until next year for another try, and will do so with eager anticipation once again.