Warm Tea

 My sister snapped a photo as she stopped by to find me packaging the dried herbs for winter tea.

My sister snapped a photo as she stopped by to find me packaging the dried herbs for winter tea.

2017 Week 48, Summer CSA Week 26 of 26

This is the last week of the Summer CSA, so let's do first things first: Thank you! Thank you all so much for being a part of the farm in its very first season. A first year in any spot, but especially one un-farmed, is a bit like pin-the-tail-on-the donkey, with much blindness and guessing. And so I very, very much appreciate your patience and kindness all summer for what to me has been uncharacteristically hit-and-miss production. To you I extend a long bow in gratitude.

Beyond that kind of thankfulness, though, is a simpler one. I am very happy and thankful for having met you all, and for having had the chance to grow for you. Thank you!

I harvested the winter carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, and rutabaga last week, and will gather the parsnips and burdock today. The sun rises and sets with the farm now, and I got to watch it as I topped the last carrots at dusk, then wished for a headlamp as I walked the row to gather them. I had this feeling as the sun sank down and the gloaming came on, and I sat on a bucket with carrots in my lap, that I was being remade. So let us add fall twilight to that list with the rain, of rebirths and remakings we did not know we needed, but are given all the same. I do not think it is a coincidence, that of the twilight and the rain, both are a kind of letting go.

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Tatsoi
Kale
... and more?

Veggies
Leek
Popcorn
Winter Squash
  - Long Island Cheese*
  - Nantucket Long Pie
  - Butternut
  - Seminole

Roots
Beets
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Onion
Potato
Sunroot
Sweet Potato
Turnip, Winter

Herbs
Cilantro
Garlic
Ginger
Lemongrass
Pepper, Hot
Turmeric

 I bottled 100+ jars of dried herbs for winter tea, which is more than we need, and less than we had, but a good time all the same.

I bottled 100+ jars of dried herbs for winter tea, which is more than we need, and less than we had, but a good time all the same.