What great weather

Black Swallowtails in the caterpillar stage. Apparently they spend the winter in chrysalis, but I hope there’s time for them before it gets too cold. I counted twelve when I took the photo, but can’t count quite that many in this shot. Yes, they’re a fan of fennel and its familial friends.

Black Swallowtails in the caterpillar stage. Apparently they spend the winter in chrysalis, but I hope there’s time for them before it gets too cold. I counted twelve when I took the photo, but can’t count quite that many in this shot. Yes, they’re a fan of fennel and its familial friends.

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It has been getting chilly at night, here on the farm. How wonderful! Although the Charlottesville forecast matches our highs, we are often about 7 degrees colder with the night-time lows. These last two nights have been 37-38 degrees. If this follows as a general rule, we may see a frost this Saturday morning. (The forecast calls for 38F, so there’s a chance.) As such, along with the sweet potatoes and sunroot to dig today, I will also have a look at the turmeric. How exciting.

Yesterday, I began the work of preparing beds for garlic, and was surprised to find some moisture at depth when I fractured the soil with the subsoiler — which we do to help ward against spring flooding and possible garlic drowning. The topsoil, of course, is still quite dry. But there is so much to ponder on that end, from mulch to compost to thoughts on the potential regenerative — that is, non-cyclical flow — aspect of plants and soils on rock. The drought, although disastrous for agriculture through much of the US this year — and incongruously following 20 million flooded acres this spring — has at least been strenuous in its forcing through more and more, apparently non-load-bearing, walls of personal farm thinking. That is, what else asks for so much, and nearly annual, shedding of skin?

Although it’s two months too late, we do have some rain in the forecast. I, for one, will spend at least a bit of it out in the fields, watching them drink.

The Farmshare CSA and Farmbucks are on sale until the end of the year! Ask questions if you have them.

Enjoy this wonderful weather,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Veggies
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Tomato, Large
Tomato, Small

Roots
Carrots
Onion
Potato, Irish
Potato, Sweet
Sunroot*

Herbs
Basils, as they pan out
Garlic
Lemongrass
Pepper, Hot
Turmeric, Fresh*

Flowers

Farm Honey for sale

Farm Ferments for sale

Cooking Classes
Get in touch with Cecelia at cecelia.baum@gmail.com to sign-up.

Althea Bread is back