Schools are starting, Labor Day is next week, I know that it feels like
summer is over. The farm season has it's own rhythm, and in fact each farm will have it's own seasons. Here at New Morning Farm it is still summer. So how do we measure summer? We're still planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting all the summer crops: tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers, beans, and sweet corn. We've still got peaches, plums, nectarines, and cantaloupe melons to enjoy from our neighbors. Our summer market, Tuesday, is just gearing up for it's biggest markets.
At the same time, we see the shift towards fall, though it's not here
yet. We're transplanting the last of the fall brassicas, lettuce, and
other field greens. The potato and winter squash harvests are done and they are curing for storage. This week, we're harvesting the big carrot planting for the year. As we squeeze these milestones into our regular work schedule, we can start to say, "That's done for the year." It's a relief for sure.
Other signs of the shifting season include the later sunrise, and the
quiet dawn, no more dawn chorus from the birds. The geese are overhead every morning for their training flights, and the insects chirping whirring and buzzing has replaced the tree and marsh frogs.
At market this week, look for fresh harvested orange carrots! We're
really pleased so far with the harvest, and the flavor is all carrot
with none of the bitterness you sometimes get from the supermarket. The cooler and cloudy days has meant trouble for many crops, but the lettuce is doing great. We'll have the full selection this week from butterheads to romaine.
Hope to see you there, Jennifer