Brrr….out of nowhere, what a chilly morning yesterday! There was a bit of frost on my way down the hill and quite a bit more throughout Grafton, but it was a few degrees warmer (34) at the top of the hill and everything survived to see another day. You’re on notice tomatoes, the end is nigh! Possibly as early as Tuesday.
It certainly will be bittersweet when the end does come. I’m not going to lie, I may have done a little frost dance in hopes it might take a few things out. The tomatoes are already circling the drain (first come, first serve on Monday), but I just don’t have the heart to pull the plug. It’s been a fantastic season, but such a good season necessarily means there’s a never-ending list of things to do, which is pushed to the back burner while we harvest the abundance. Now that the Grafton market is over for the season, we’ll be able to chip away at that list! Hopefully.
Speaking of lists, the order list is down to…only 28 different veggies! Not bad for mid-October. If you don’t see something that gets you excited, you’re not trying very hard – try something new like salad turnips or watermelon radishes (so spicy!).
With the market season (almost*) over, we will start offering more add-ons to your orders like chocolates. Anna Banana’s candied apples are big, bold and beautiful. *Almost because there are still 2 Douglas Markets left – today and next Saturday 9am-noon.
State of the Garden Address:
-Get the last of your summer faves while there’s still time; bell and sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, maybe lovely late eggplant too?
-We’re on the verge of another spinach explosion. I can’t even describe how excited I am about this next planting that is just about to hit the shelves.
-Onions galore! Last season we really didn’t have any storage onions, so I’m thrilled about the hoop house currently full of them.
-Veggies beginning with L had a rough week. Leeks are sold out for the season and head lettuce is on injured reserve and probably too late in the season to make a comeback. Fortunately baby cut lettuce and our spicy salad mix will pick up the slack.
Put your orders in online before 8am Monday. We’ll pick it fresh Monday morning and have your order available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.