I slept in on Saturday!
For the first time since early June I didn’t have to rise at 4am to load the van and head off to market. It felt great!
Our farmers’ market at Georgetown finished on the 17th – and what a finale it was! The weather was good, lots of people came out and sales were great. (and one customer even baked me a birthday cake!)
After an uncertain start to the season and learning the new COVID-19 rules & protocol, we actually had a very good 20 weeks. The people of Georgetown are amazing – they were happy the market was running and supported it with enthusiasm, adapted quickly to the new rules – and purchased a lot of vegetables! Our sales were up considerably from 2019.
Thank you to all our customers, the market staff, organizers & volunteers for a great season!
And now we are full-time on the farm, finishing up the fall work and putting the farm to bed for the winter.
The first thing we did last week was harvest any remaining vegetables including beets, green onions, spinach, lettuce & peppers. We washed and packaged them and sent everything off to Project Share, a local food bank in Niagara Falls. Then I mowed down the entire farm, finished spreading manure over it all, lightly worked it in – and that’s it. Harvest 2020 is complete and the fields are ready for next season!
The rains we longed for all summer finally came last week as well, preventing us from planting garlic. But this week looks drier and we plan to get about 5500 cloves of garlic in the ground any day now.
It is a beautiful time of year and we are enjoying a more relaxed pace. Of course there is a lengthy list of fall chores that we are working our way through. But each day brings us closer to completing that list – and a time of relaxation.
In fact some of us are already practising for that winter rest …
Around the farm this week …
Cover crop growing well.
Our little pawpaw patch. The crop was light this year but we had a few to bring to market.
Even the blackberry canes show some nice colour.
Ready for play!