Greetings dear ones,
We are in for such a treat this week as we start popping our fall leeks from the ground. I am only one soup into the season (I made a butternut one this weekend) and am fiending for more. Luckily, this week brings you abundant opportunity to get wild with carrots, potatoes, leeks, garlic and the like. So, get cozy and get slurpin’ ya’ll – the chilly (chili) days are upon us!
Here’s what you’ll be seeing:
- Salad Mix
- Lettuce Heads
- Salad Turnip
- Napa Cabbage/Bok Choy
- Mustard Greens/Broccoli Rabe
- Herb Choice
THE END IS NEAR
Y’all I cannot even believe that we are at week 20 of the CSA. We had our first serious frost this weekend that asked us to cover and double cover a lot of our crops. Fortunately temps are climbing back up but be aware that a serious dip might throw our season’s greens out the window and leave us with a cap off of roots, squash, and onions for the remaining weeks.
Between planning out the remaining harvests and putting beds to rest we have been caught up in the business of moving our equipment and tools (like drip tape, row covers, hoses, wheelbarrows, hoes….our huge germ chamber we built this year, etc.) off of the farm and to our home until we know where we will be headed next. It’s a chore, but as we plan to continue farming, we know these assets will be necessary to help offset future capital needs so we’ve gotta hang on to them! In addition to this we are still trying to figure out just how we are going to be getting along next year. With no land in sight, we’ve come to realize that next year will be a re-calibration year. To take stock of the opportunities before us, get clear on our long term goals, and figure out what path is going to support that journey. The options right now are endless but none are easy or perfect so… we are learning the ways of sacrifice, adaptation, and resilience that we all have been versed in this wild year. We only imagine there’s more of it to come in this life so we’re working to do better, not get bitter, and hold on to dapples of optimism that shine through the anxieties that come during times of uncertainty and transition.
I feel so ashamed to say that with all of this on the stove top, I have lost a lot of the space I make for reflection at the end of the season. It’s typically a time for celebration and relaxation, a time to hold each other a little longer, laugh a little more and get more rest. We talk about how grateful we are for the season’s successes and failures and how we’re looking forward to improvements we’ve made for the season ahead. We fill up with gratitude for the relationships with our members and how we plan to grow our CSA family next year. I think it’s because I’m so tired, I think it’s because I’m still so sad, and because I am afraid of what the future holds. I think in these reflections, I have to come to terms with the fact that we will not be doing the work that love so much next season, work that we’ve built our lives and our partnership around. I know we will be okay and that we will find our spot- – but it’s hard to face!
I did manage to take a moment to snap this shot while we harvested carrots and appreciate these moments we share in the field together.
We’ve decided to plan for our final distribution to be on Saturday Nov. 21. This is the Saturday before Thanksgiving and everyone gets a share. We will plan to do Gardiner distribution on farm in the morning from 10-12 and will head over to Beacon to distribute for both Beacon and Garrison from 2-4 at Hudson Valley Brewery. If you would like to pick up at the alternative location for timing purposes that can be arranged – just let us know! If you are not available for pick-up you can always send a friend. Let us know if this poses any major problems for you!
Thanks for being here-