This week feels like fall. The days are getting shorter, leaves are beginning to turn, it’s predicted to be in the 30’s Friday night. The vegetables are responding to all of this.

This week will be our last delivery of sweet corn. The melons are nearly finished. The tomatoes are winding down quickly and the peppers are ramping up. Potato harvest began this week and the fall broccoli has begun. Salad mix returns and lettuce heads are looking good in the field. The winter squashes are beautiful and the pumpkins are orange. We have a lot of fall vegetables to look forward to for the last seven weeks of our delivery season. Only seven weeks, it’s hard to believe.

We have been working hard since the beginning of March. For the months of March, April and May we spent all of our time in the greenhouse and hoophouses. In April, May, June and July we planted and transplanted hundreds of thousands of plants into the ground. Beginning in June we began harvest for weekly deliveries. The greenhouse emptied out at the end of July and we quickly filled it up again with onions that needed to dry. The crew has started work at 6:30 since the beginning of June. Next week we are switching to 7:15 so we don’t have to wear head lamps to see the crops. It’s going to get cold and we will wear more layers. The seasonality of farming is what makes it so interesting, and of course at times challenging. At least we didn’t get the predicted 3 inches of rain and flash flooding yeseterday!

The change in season also means that it is time to sign up for your Storage Share!

The final roma tomato u-pick was held last Sunday. Thousands of pounds were picked at each u-pick and there were still tomatoes left for us to harvest for this week’s delivery. We harvested and washed 10,900 roma tomatoes for your share boxes.

The final roma tomato u-pick was held last Sunday. Thousands of pounds were picked at each u-pick and there were still tomatoes left for us to harvest for this week’s delivery. We harvested and washed 10,900 roma tomatoes for your share boxes.

The first salad mix harvest of the fall.

The first salad mix harvest of the fall.

Tonny, Elisabeth, and Hillary bagging Goldrush Russets for the shares.

Tonny, Elisabeth, and Hillary bagging Goldrush Russets for the shares.