Fall has well and truly arrived here on the mountaintop. The leaves are turning all sorts of wonderful colors, and there is occasionally a crisp feel to the air. So, naturally, it means that the farming season is really coming to an end soon. That’s not to say there is not produce for sale, rather that the selection is justifiably limited to cooler weather crops.
As was mentioned previously, the more tender, frost and cold-intolerant plants have more or less bitten the dust during the freezes that occurred at the end of September. Chief among them was the basil, which held on through the first frost, but was quickly lost in the following night’s solid freeze temps.
So while growing is winding down, there is almost always something to do on the farm. Right now it’s mainly field and machinery maintenance. Some projects have been let slide well beyond when they should have been dealt with, but they are being attended to now.
There are lots of full-size pumpkins available for the upcoming holiday weekend, as well as gourds and mini pumpkins. The stand hours will be the same as normal, though I may stay opened a bit longer on Sunday night in case anyone is running late from other activities.
On the weather side of things, there may be some impact from hurricane Matthew, though it’s still too early to tell for sure. Of somewhat greater concern for me is the long-range forecast showing low temps of close to 20F following the holiday weekend. Temps that cold will most definitely affect how long the stand stays open, so please check back if there is a major dip in the temps to see when I’ll be open for the final weekend of the season.
I guess that’s about it for this update. Be sure to check the What’s Available page for current crops. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend, and I hope to see you at the stand.