At this time of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of how lucky we are and how much we have to be thankful for. We give thanks for this special piece of land and for the bounty it produces. We give thanks for the freedom to grow, cook, and eat our food. We give thanks for rain and for worms. We give thanks for community - our customers, our farmers' market managers, our fellow farmers and all of our friends and family whose support we could not live without. So, thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
Apologies for another lengthy delay. Our most esteemed blogger has been out of commission for (adorable) reasons that will soon become clear. Therefore, this entry is brought to you by guest bloggers. We apologize in advance and promise that Caitlin will return soon.
So much has happened since our last entry that we almost don't know where to start. The last post found us deep into our month of five farmers' markets a week. Luckily, the last week of August brought a group from Yale's Harvest pre-orientation program. The college students camped out on the farm and helped us pick blueberries, harvest onions and winter squash, and rescue the poor sweet potatoes from their weed jungle.
September went by in a blur. The sun was setting noticeably earlier, cool weather crops like radishes and bok choi made their return, and we managed to seed some cover crop. The oats and rye grass we use serve several purposes over the off-season such as preventing erosion and adding much needed organic matter to the soil.
October brought many warm fall days and the harvest of even more new crops - sweet potatoes, celeriac, and radicchio to name a few.
But, wait! The most exciting event of October was the birth of Aaron's and Caitlin's son!!!!! Ellis Gucker Kanter Taylor was born at 10:43am on October 28, 2015, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. As you can imagine, he is incredibly adorable and already owns work gloves and Carhartt overalls.
As if that's not enough, we have one more development...we are getting a greenhouse! This year, we were lucky enough to find space to rent, where we started all of our seedlings, but we are looking forward to eliminating the daily 40 minute round-trip drives. Our friend Keith helped us design a geo-thermal system in which fans and pipes move warm air down into the soil beneath the greenhouse where the heat is stored and then brought back up at night when the air cools down.
The next few months will be our time to relax a little and take stock of the season, but we are already thinking about next year. How much winter squash is too much winter squash? Are there even more eggplant varieties we haven't tried?
Finally, we want to let you know that our 2016 CSA sign-ups are now open! We are excited to announce a partnership with Beaver Brook Farm and the expansion of our Market Share program to the Madison Farmers' Market. You can find all of the details here.