‘Tis my favorite time of year veggie-wise, when seasons collide I like to say. This year’s collision is looking pretty lopsided – like a hummer (fall) vs a mini cooper (summer) as we’ve had the mildest September that I can remember farming. (That’s my way of saying cold without sounding like I’m complaining because, really, how could I complain about this weather?!) It’s just the start of the fall stuff, while the summer fun veggies are still hanging in there, though I’m writing this Friday night and it’s currently 45 degrees (and dropped to 39 Saturday morning yikes). I just checked the list and there are 32 different vegetables you can order….from 1/3 of an acre…not bad! Get it while the getting’s good.
We did finally get a little rain Thursday, but I had to run the irrigation the next day anyway as it wasn’t exactly a soaker, and it’s been so dry lately. Usually irrigating is one of those pesky items you can remove from your mile-long farm to do list in September. Do a little rain dance for me – my to do list could use some lightening. Update: Yay rain!
On the labor front, I may have been a bit overly optimistic. We’ll see! For some odd reason in the hottest labor market in perhaps forever, I can’t find someone to work their tails off for less money than they can make sitting behind a counter at DD and texting their friends. Funny how we prioritize what we’re willing to spend our money on huh? I’d love to pay a living wage, but I’d like to be making half of a living wage myself first. I could grumpily make this a millennial critique that ‘no one wants to work hard anymore’…but depending on who’s counting, some may lump me into that generation. It’s certainly not for anyone at every stage of life, but I just need that one person willing to go all in for a season or two or career! It has happened before with some rock star farmers so I’m holding out hope. They’re out there, I know they are. Please keep spreading the word to help me find them!
Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie orders in online before 8pm Sunday. The website is a little buggy so if you don’t see a wide variety of items or you see items out of stock, try refreshing your browser. Also confirm on checkout that you have the correct number of each item in your cart. The two pickup windows are working well so far, so we’ll keep it going. Choose your pickup window while checking out online: 1-2pm and 4-6pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the beat up tan and red barn at the crest of the hill.