Farm Update 09-21-17

Like it or not, fall is here, despite the sudden increase in temps, and that means the season is drawing to a close. The leaves are well into changing over and in a number of places around the farm are already dropping.

As most of you already know, my pumpkin crop suffered a near complete failure this year. At the insistence of a few, and with the assistance of my neighbor Peter, I was able to bring in a bin of Jack-O-Lantern size pumpkins. There will be a few others that I’ve been able to gather from the field as well, but the selection will be nothing like it was last year. I wanted to mention this again, since it is the main reason I will be closing the stand a bit early this year.

Speaking of the closing date, I have finalized the schedule. The farm stand will be open on the normal 5 day a week schedule up to, and including Monday, October 9th, which is the Monday of Columbus Day Weekend. I will then have the stand open on Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th, for one last chance for everyone to come by and stock up for the coming winter. So everyone understands, the end of season schedule will be:

Thu 10/05 — 10 – 6
Fri 10/06 — 10 – 6
Sat 10/07 — 10 – 6
Sun 10/08 — 10 – 4
Mon 10/09 — 10 – 6
Tue 10/10 — Closed
Wed 10/11 — Closed
Thu 10/12 — Closed
Fri 10/13 — Closed
Sat 10/14 — 10 – 6
Sun 10/15 — 10 – 4
Mon 10/16 — Closed till Spring

I know, it’s weird talking about fall and winter, much less the last day of the season, but that time is rapidly approaching. Personally, I’m looking forward to a bit of sleep, though I know that even after I close up, I still have a good two to three weeks of solid work to get everything put away, organized, and prepped for winter.

And for those of you wondering, but too afraid to ask, I will be back at it next year. While the growing season this year was rather poor, business was quite good. There were quite a few new people who found me this year, with many becoming repeat visitors. Let me once again thank all of you who have come by the farm. I greatly appreciate your support and encouragement.

Like last year, I will be using my time over the winter to see what new types of things I can add to the farm’s operations. If any of you would care to make suggestions, please feel free to send me an email at anytime. I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can, though over the winter, with the other work I do (or the rare vacation I might get to take) that can sometimes take a few days.

I suppose that’s enough of the winter talk for a bit. There is still a pretty good selection available at the stand, so please be sure to check out the What’s Available page to see the most current list. Flowers, especially Gladiolus, are still available. The Peaches I have been harvesting have been a big hit and are almost all gone. Also, I spent almost the entire day Wednesday making Preserves, so there should be a good bit on hand for people looking to get a bunch to give for Christmas or other special events. And yes, I have already started working on some other recipes for next season. If you would like to suggest a type of Preserve for me to consider, please feel free to do so.

So, I guess that’s it for this week’s update. Hope to see you at farm. Have a great week.