Moving sheep manure for the 2015 garlic bed and taking the winter squash from the field, I’d say that’s a big move. We’re talking scale here, right. This growing season has been so very large for such a small space. To date we have taken 5 tons, yes 10,000 pounds of food from just 1 acre or around 43,000 square feet. Lot’s of numbers, but the bottom line is scaling production and growing for the immediate community. This works, the proof is in the back of the 1982 Subaru Brat that is serving as a squash holding bay until distribution this coming weekend.
In anticipation of the predicted cold snap, I spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday harvesting as much as possible. Good move on my part. Sadly last night was our first frost, it killed the zucchini, summer squash, cucumber and basil, it also did heavy damage to the tomatoes and peppers. We will just have to make a seasonal adjustment for the remainder of the season. Although it is not nearly as dramatic a loss as last season, it is a loss none the less. Somewhat expected, but early for sure. Such is growing food, she has her way.
Yeah the fruit. Harvest, harvest, harvest. The days are spent filling buckets and bins and cardboard boxes full of the good stuff. EAT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN NOW.
I need to look back at the blog and see how many times I have proclaimed my love for the way I spend my days, growing food is an experience like nothing else. The seasons develop deep meaning and the cycle of life is all that there is.
Soak it in, all of the senses are covered this time of year. I am going to do my best to pack in as much of late summers love as possible. May I suggest you do the same. Visit your local farmers market, seek out a farm stand, reach out and find a farmer near you and get on board, this only happens now. It is but a few short weeks before the pumpkins are ripe and the cold winds start to blow.
From where I sit this is the highest point of the growing season here in beautiful Boulder County, CO. The tomatoes are popping and today’s CSA share hosted no fewer than 13 different varieties and weighed in at 11lbs, yes you heard that, 11lbs. Let us do our best to slow this most wonderful end of summer season down and really take it in.