It’s weird, it’s warm, it may not be quite right, it certainly doesn’t feel like Wisconsin, but this fall has been amazing! Mother Nature has given us the luxury of working in weather that doesn’t freeze our fingers and toes or freeze the water in the packing shed. This extended fall has enabled us to harvest vegetables without waiting for them to thaw. Every day I am in awe when the temperatures is above freezing. You see, this is not typical at all. I expect temperatures to be in the teens and twenties this time of year. We always manage to get our work done, but we have to creatively work around the temperatures.
This is a special time of year when all of the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor come to fruition. We spent a lot of time this week in the packing shed (with the side walls open!) bagging, bagging and more bagging, although each day we did out into the sunshine to harvest (Brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage). The other vegetables were harvested prior to this week, washed and held in the walk in cooler. We need to plan our time differently this time of year since we are working with a very small crew. The large crews of the summer are finished and we complete the harvest, bagging and packing of shares with six people. It’s how the season began. It feels like full circle. We have clean up tasks to complete and a December Storage Share to pack up and deliver. Then we get a nearly 8 pause before we begin planting seeds again.
Enjoy the farm’s bounty!