This time of year is bittersweet. We’ve all been going full tilt since March, doing whatever it takes to meet our Thursday deadline of having it all ready to pack into share boxes for you. At times we were hot, sweaty, tired, exhausted, cold, wet. None of that matters, we have a job to get done. We all work together, taking turns doing some of those jobs that make the body ache the most. Farming is physical. We all do it because we love it. But that doesn’t mean we don’t look forward to the end of October when we can start our day a bit later and end a bit earlier. The jobs change, the crews are smaller and yes, we may get a bit chillier. As we reflect back on the season we say, “that sure went by quickly.” All of us here have a special place in our hearts for you, our members. It is for you that we do what we do. You will hear us saying, “would the members want this?”,”the produce needs to be clean for the members”,”do members want beet greens or do we leave them in the field?” and so on. You, our members are part of every conversation as it pertains to quantity, variety and quality of food, pick up sites, communication, events and festivals. You see, the decisions we make and the work we do around here has one purpose, to deliver the best product and give you the best experience. I sure hope we have.

Barb

Thursday morning packing line. Left side: Tom (seasonal crew, driver), Barb (CSA manager), Ken (worker share),  Jesse (share distribution, farm manager) Collett (worker share), Chad (pack organization, driver, crew leader),Becca (crew leader); right side: Eric (packing shed manager, driver),Georgia (crew member), Lisa (worker share).

Thursday morning packing line. Left side: Tom (seasonal crew, driver), Barb (CSA manager), Ken (worker share), Jesse (share distribution, farm manager) Collett (worker share), Chad (pack organization, driver, crew leader),Becca (crew leader); right side: Eric (packing shed manager, driver),Georgia (crew member), Lisa (worker share).

J-Mo (crew leader and driver) loading his truck this morning.

J-Mo (crew leader and driver) loading his truck this morning.

Jonnah (office manager/distribution) in front of her office - the old milk house of the dairy barn.

Jonnah (office manager/distribution) in front of her office – the old milk house of the dairy barn.

Alisha and Rosalyn from DreamFarm delivering their goat cheese.

Alisha and Rosalyn from DreamFarm delivering their goat cheese.

Sophal showing off his favorite carrots. His sense of humor keeps us all laughing.

Sophal showing off his favorite carrots. His sense of humor keeps us all laughing.

Getting those pumpkins all cleaned up for you. Becca, Rachel. J-Mo, Barb, Georgia.

Getting those pumpkins all cleaned up for you. Becca, Rachel. J-Mo, Barb, Georgia.