The Fall Equinox truly marked the end of summer vegetables.  We can’t usually say the first day of fall actually brings the first of fall weather, but this year it did (not counting that week during summer when we had fall temperatures). Often our first frost comes before the first day of fall, but this year we have not had our first frost yet.  It’s really nice to watch the vegetables run their course and not be stopped by frost.  This is particularly true of the tomatoes this year.  Usually the tomato plants are full of big green tomatoes when the frost kills the plant, but this season we harvested all of the tomatoes before the frost!  (maybe a first in 19 years) The eggplant plants and cucumber plants have given us the last of their fruits and the pepper plants are really winding down.  I can’t say that we will miss harvesting 11,000 – 20,000 tomatoes a week.  Our record was 21,100 three weeks ago!  We harvest them, wash them, count them, bag them.  We spend a lot of time touching those tomatoes.  It’s time for something else.  This week we are harvesting 8 acres of potatoes and all of the winter squash.  For the duration of the season you can look forward to cooking greens (kale and collards) along with hearty fall vegetables (beets, celeriac, cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots).  Ah, the beauty of seasonal eating.  As the weather turns cooler we turn to more comforting food; food that can easily be made into soups, stews and hearty baked dishes.  Good bye to the crisp, refreshing vegetables of summer.  Hello to fall and all that it brings to us.

Barb

Chioggia beet harvest at 7:00 am Monday.  The mornings in our valley are full of fog and mist.

Chioggia beet harvest at 7:00 am Monday. The mornings in our valley are full of fog and mist.

Chinese cabbage harvest Tuesday morning.

Chinese cabbage harvest Tuesday morning.

The last harvest of the roma tomatoes.  As you can see, big beautiful tomatoes are still hanging onto plants that are ready to call it quits.  Our job was to bring all of those tomatoes in.

The last harvest of the Roma tomatoes. As you can see, big beautiful tomatoes are still hanging onto plants that are ready to call it quits. Our job was to bring all of those tomatoes in.

Wednesday morning collard harvest.  A gorgeous fall morning!

Wednesday morning collard harvest. A gorgeous fall morning!

Wednesday afternoon squash harvest; pictured is acorn squash being picked up.  We load the squash into bins, load the bins onto a trailer and haul it to the shed where it is stored.

Wednesday afternoon squash harvest; pictured is acorn squash being picked up. We load the squash into bins, load the bins onto a trailer and haul it to the shed where it is stored.