Here’s what we have lined up for you this week:
Not sure if anyone enjoyed the overcast, rainy weekend as much as we did. It was such a treat to be out in the gardens while shaded by cloud, a little bit of wind and even getting drenched in rain. We know our crops loved it, but not as much as us. Being able to sit in the living room with a breeze and blanket was a long overdue treat.
Even though summer still feels like it’s in full-blast, we have noticed things starting to slowly wind down from the onslaught of produce that was coming out in previous weeks. Soon cucumber and zucchini will come out of season, and be replaced with pumpkin and squash, and those wonderful later season crops that we wait for all year. Fall is my favourite time of year; I know it’s still a bit early to be getting excited, but after such intense heat, we are ready for change.
We have been taking notes and talking a lot about our plans for next year, and things we would like to change and do differently. While we like many aspects of the farmers market, like good customers and our new friendships with the other vendors, it is vexing to have overtly wealthy customers barter, while they pull hundred-dollar bills from designer wallets. I mean, what’s up with people who can’t justify a $1 cucumber but a $1000 coin purse?? This is not to say that we will do away with farmers markets, but we certainly will reevaluate how much we would like to grow that portion of our sales.
We certainly have a better understanding of what grows well in our soil and how to grow it. We also know what people value in various markets.
We certainly will be growing more radish and turnips in the future, and we can confidently grow plenty of carrots in our soil.
The tomatoes, peppers and eggplants have not done particularly well in our high tunnels and in our soil in general. They have had a hard time producing much at all this year. It is a good thing we planted as much as we did. We will look for some advice to grow these important crops more productively next year.
This endeavour has opened so many doors for learning and growing and meeting incredible people. But has also shown us some of the many flaws in our society, for example, how we value items over community, environment and food. Andrew and I like to think our line of work can help educate people on the importance of small scale agriculture, and the need for young people to farm. We hope that people can continue to understand the need for what we are doing, and continue to show us support by paying for what we put on the price tag, and understand we aren’t trying to buy our next beach house, but just trying to stay afloat.
Have a wonderful week friends!