We have some beautiful fall colors around the farm, but you’re not going to find them outside anymore – peak peeper season lasted all of maybe one afternoon up on the hill. One tree up here in particular is typically magical this time of year – a mighty maple that’s probably as old as our 248 year old farm house. Or perhaps it’s the offspring of the trees felled to construct this house in 1770. Either way, one of the many monsoons paired with one of the many wind storms we’ve had this past month took down all the leaves overnight…before I even had a chance to take a picture of it in all its glory (picture above from last year).
Instead you can find a little bit of fall when you cut open our roots. Sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, and beets team up to delight your eyes and palate. And don’t forget the celeriac – the ugliest, best vegetable you’ve never tried. Unfortunately pretty much everything is limited at this point, other than potatoes and onions – the only things out of the ground before the faucet was turned (and left) on! But it’s hard to beat fresh things in mid-November.
I almost got through a whole newsletter without giving you a weather report. But how can I not complain when there’s another storm beating down our beleaguered veggies? At least the wind isn’t howling….I guess (Jenni says I need to be more optimistic or y’all will think I’m continually depressed). Why does it seem like we’re always having an epic storm when I write this newsletter? Oh right, because we have multiple epic storms per week so the odds are good. It was like a fellow Grafton Market vendor lamenting the rain just about every Wednesday – other vendors who did multiple markets piped in that our market wasn’t the only one this season constantly under the threat of rain. Oh well, guess it’s just one of those seasons. You know, the type of season when it rains every flipping day from July-November. If any weather junkies out there can point me to a good resource or article on rainfall amounts v average for our area, I’d love to see it!
Thanks for making it this far. Yes, Monday is a holiday and yes we’ll still have the pickup, but I’m going to shave an hour off – so it’s 4-6pm on Monday. As always, if you can’t make it by 6, I can pack up your order…just let me know. It’s going to get pretty cold this weekend – as long as it doesn’t get toooo cooooold, I’m pretty confident we’ll have what is available on the website, and then some. We spent today tucking in all the stuff worth covering. The hardy stock still out there should handle 25 degrees but no guarantees if it drops much below that.