What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Butternut Squash, Tomatoes, Mixed Peppers along with Shishito Peppers, Purple Basil, Leeks, Chard and Potatoes
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Grapes, Apples and Cantaloupe
This Week ovn the Farm
The full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, called a Harvest Moon is always a sight to behold, and this year's lunar event occurred last Friday. I saw the rising of the moon on Saturday, and it was absolutely stunning-I was driving but felt like I was in the movie ET with my car flying across that big globe. The moon was rising before sunset and was a huge orange and red hue, when it is like that it reminds me of the street artists in San Francisco who make this amazing spray paint art of “out of this world” planets with multiple moons in iridescent colors… The harvest moon symbolizes the end of summer and the beginning of fall, and as many of you know I am relieved to get to this point, happy to know that the days will be cooler, and shorter, and yet sad to say goodbye to the stone fruits, and summer bounty. According to National Geographic, the added light from the moon, which appears low on the horizon and looks larger than usual, gives farmers more time to harvest their crops. With the shorter days-it is getting dark at 7:30 now, there is less time to get the days work finished, being use to a good 14 hour day light day there is usually something un-done with the shorter hours. Last night after a day in town making deliveries, and the hot 100 degree temperatures, I went out at 7pm to dig a bed in the garden. It was cooler, I had taken a rest, had dinner, and then dug by the light of the porch-the moon wasn’t up yet and finished a job I had wanted to do. Normally Jeff and I have vowed not to use lights to get the job done, he doesn’t have any lights on his tractors, as then when would we ever get to sleep?
The harvest moon, which typically takes place in September or early October, is also called a full corn moon, the barley moon, the worm moon and the crow moon. I have a memory as a kid walking the streets with my trick or treat bag with the big huge harvest moon coming up on Halloween-that must only happen a few time in one’s lifetime!
On another note: For the first time that I can remember Jeff, Claire, Ali and Zach went on a backpacking trip together. We were car campers when the kids were growing up, but now as adults they said they were ready to take a hike to Jeff’s stomping grounds. In the Sierra above Kennedy Meadows to Sardella Lake and to a register that Jeff and his brothers have up there under a big rock since high school. Jeff and I have hiked it several times, Ali is on the register, and so is Zach, but for the first time all three kids will go together and Claire will be able to add her name to the register. Sardella Lake is my favorite Sierra Lake-it is, clean, clear sky blue cold waters of the Sierra.
Before Jeff left he was working to the last minutes of day light all week trying to get all his ground work ready for his second winter plantings. The first planting is coming up nicely, and while he is gone Ricardo will be watering the fields that Jeff composted and disked, and the soil should be perfect to start planting on his return. It has been a full busy summer this year. With Ali here working in the flower business we have sold a lot more flowers, increased markets, opened up new marketing opportunities, planted new flower varieties, did more weddings, changed the way we bouquet flowers-more color coordinated and I spent more time making bouquet. It has been so much fun having Ali’s help, interest and enthusiasm this year-I know I am exhausted from it all, but it has been so great to have someone to talk about the flowers daily, annualize the flower business, and just work with someone that has more energy than I do. We have one last wedding-and it will be here at the farm in mid-October. So now that the harvest is quieting down, we have some farm clean up to do-my time bouquet making flowers took me away from the weeding and garden tending that I usually do. So while Jeff and the kids are away we have decided not to do all the retail deliveries, not do the Wednesday and Friday market this week, and I am hoping that the entire crew and I can get to my garden and do a thorough clean up. I am very excited and hope that we will accomplish my goal-at least we should make some progress for sure. After the wedding Ali will be heading back to Boston for the winter to be with her boyfriend, her cat and continue her graphic design job and analyze the next chapter in her life. This summer was an experiment for her, of course I can only hope that she will return next year, but I have to let it go to the fate of her life, and continue my own life’s path.
Have a good week-and for this autumn equinox take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, give thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. We are at the time between light and dark a time when there is an equal amount of day and night. While we celebrate the gifts of the earth, we also accept that the soil life going down deeper into the earth, some crops are brown and going dormant others are just sprouting-there is change in the air, a shift in each of us along with that change-it sure feels good to me! ~Annie