Mondays are our day to pick and pack up for our CSA shares. We don’t take days off, we don’t get paid vacations, we don’t even really get a pay check. We labor on “Labor Day.” This is our life calling, and we’re so glad to be here doing this wonderful, essential work of caring for our land and feeding people from this care. If we were cultivating acres and acres of corn and soybeans, we’d hop into our air conditioned tractor cab and spend hours out of touch with nature, while being surrounded by it’s grave. Here on our very cultural diverse land, we watch sandhill cranes float above and over us, and enjoy seeing our Bubsters running for cover in case those big things in the sky are hawks. We watch goldfinches landing on the sunflower heads, completely blending into the color scheme, and an ever changing diversity of other wild birds as they come through on their migratory routes, using the intact wild land here as their safe haven for a rest on their way. We have snakes and toads galore in the gardens and all around the farm, indicating healthy, chemical free soil and an intact ecosystem of predator and prey. It’s an honor to maintain what the previous owners of this parcel began- pure, sweet chemical free care of the land.
Today was incredibly hot, and it’s hard to ignore the fact that the garden is very very dry. We’re in the homerun stretch for fall’s cold touch, so there isn’t much need to fret over the dryness. The vegetables we have growing for fall harvest will be coddled a bit, but meanwhile we enter the major harvest period of the year. Tomatoes dropping with ripeness being collected and sauced, dry bean plants being pulled out before the pods open and spread the beans on the ground, winter squash soaking all they can from their withering vines in the last surge of growth and ripening. It’s a magnificent thing to witness, and wow does the summer growth period go so fast!
We had an awesome time at the St. Croix Falls Farmer’s Market last Saturday, and it was such a treat to have some of you come to visit and patronize our farm’s effort at the Market! We’ll be vending there again this Saturday and we’d love to see you! If you have canning jars to get rid of, we’ll give you .50 cents for each one you bring us! Reduce, reuse, recycle. Please bring only mason/ball/kerr brands that are not chipped on the rims. Thanks so much for reading, and here’s to hoping you had a lovely holiday weekend.