CSA Week 15: These times, they are a changin’

Half-share group A this week!

Hello dear members!

My goodness what a beautiful week we have had. Today brought us a glorious crisp morning – suited for sipping coffee in our hoodies and vests while walking around the farm to see what the week ahead holds. Here’s what we saw and have planned for this week’s share:

  • Tomatoes (puttering out!)
  • Lettuce
  • Salad Mix
  • Delicata (welcome!!)
  • Basil (could be the last – make that pesto!!)
  • Summer squash
  • Yukina/Mustards
  • Cilantro/Parsley
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Cukes (last one – make those pickles!!)
  • Radishes
  • Garlic

Along with this cooler weather is coming shorter days and lighter work loads. Our task lists are shrinking each week and we are riding the gentle downward slope into the end of the season. Last week we took pleasure in spending a day at home clipping and cleaning up our garlic…although our living room needed a proper dusting after, we enjoyed drinking tea and watching some movies together.

Our market tables are remaining bountiful and are starting to see some new fall items as well!

Last week Four Winds hosted CRAFT event that bring young farmer’s from the area to learn about what we do here – there was a killer sunset wrapping up the day. I love those evening fall skies.

As the season slows and the temps cool, we find ourselves having more energy to make plans and enjoy ourselves on the weekends. Anthony and I had the treat of returning to the place we first met, last year, for the annual Glynwood Gala. It was an awesome evening and it’s always nice to have an opportunity to dust off the boots and clean out the dirt from under our nails 🙂

It’s certainly strange meeting this time of the year – coming from peak weeds and plentiful fruits, it’s pretty abrupt how it all happens. And it’s easy to start wondering… Is something I forgot to do?…Is that really is all that needs to be done today?…Is it really okay to relax? It’s a time we start re-training our brains and bodies. I always feel especially connected to the plants this time of year – they finally start to slow down, we begin pulling them from the ground and putting them to rest in the compost pile with great appreciation for all they’ve given us, knowing that they’ll return in the Spring, renewed and full of life as our compost. We too must start recognizing that our time to rest is coming. It happens quite naturally as the days shorten in hours of work and in light – my close relationship with the sun sends me to bed earlier and I rise later. This is a time where I also feel so inspired to use my extra time and energy to enjoy this beautiful place we live – recognizing the summer came and went too quickly. I was late writing this post tonight as Anthony and I took some time to hop on our bikes for a quick evening ride – I hope you all are finding time for these moments too before the great winter hibernation 🙂

Enjoy this week’s harvest – Sam will see you at pick-up!

Thanks for being here!

<3SAL

Leslie (217) 840-0683

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