Winter has come

Even though this snow will probably melt over the weekend, I think we get the message. Winter is here – fine by us! We have some storage crops like onions, rutabaga and carrots to bring to market at the Glenwood on December 13th. Stay warm out there, folks.

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The dwarf green curly kale still looks pretty green under that snow.

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We’ll be chopping a lot of wood this winter to feed the old wood stove.

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Plenty of fun to be had even in the winter.

Purple Times are Here Again

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Light and dark pink cosmos in the front yard.

Our dry spell has broken, and so has the heat! We were getting pretty tired of running the irrigation day and night, so we welcomed the storms that blew through Harvard last night and the night before. It was a bit of a rush to get things harvested and washed last night before the rain started, but we managed to get everything under cover before the wind really picked up. Ray was very helpful and honked the truck horn many times as we gathered tomatoes.

As we were washing the last of the zucchini, we looked up to see a sky filled with dragonflies. They have been coming out in droves recently to feed on mosquitoes and other small flies. Aug 19th 010 (640x480)They zip around like bi-planes and stop short when they intersect a tasty morsel. One of them landed on the kitchen window screen last night, and we were able to get a closer look. They look like ornate, miniature flying machines, made out of precious stones and metal. I am willing to concede that it is worthwhile to have mosquitoes around to serve as prey for the dragonflies – and that is saying quite a lot.

The field is full of pretty purple vegetables this week – beets, cabbage, eggplant, and onions. Aug 19th 008 (480x640)A number of edible plant families include members that produce beautiful pigments, from blue-purple blueberries to vibrant eggplant to royal-looking plums. Purple-tinged plants contain pigments called anthocyanins that harvest light from a different end of the light spectrum than the more ubiquitous pigment chlorophyll. Plants are amazing – they don’t miss a trick when it comes to utilizing all that free solar energy.  While anthocyanins are present in most plants, some species have more than others, which accounts for the beautiful range of hues you see at the farmers market.

Pretty as a Picture in August

August certainly does creep up on you, huh? Just yesterday we were planting the pepper plants, and now here they are! A lovely conversation yesterday reminded me that I need to post some photographic updates as to what has been going on up here. Well, here you go! I will try to share more frequently from here on out.
The news on the farm is that things are growing wonderfully, the tomatoes are going to be ON in about a week, and we’d love a little rain. Markets have been such a joy this year – we love it when folks come out and say hello! Lots to do this time of year, we’ll plant a little today and do some office catch-up (hence the post). Happy summer to you all and hope everyone is well!
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Ray enjoys an apple and Nick enjoys holding Ray.

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This is where the wash-pack magic happens this year.

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Nick is working hard.

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Ray thinks he is working hard.

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Okra flowers and plants are gorgeous.

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We have so many daddy long legs up here!

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Apples for all.