The cold snap has hit us all pretty hard and although it has put a definitive end the growing season, it also initiates a time of rest… or perhaps just a changing of gears. The CSA wrapped up the last week of October with lots of greens. It was an absolutely wonderful year to be a veggie farmer in Kansas. If every year were like this year, everyone would want to be a farmer. Although there were plenty of struggles through the course of the year, there were more victories and that’s the goal. I am now in the throws of putting up two new hoop houses to extend our growing season next year. People don’t stop eating during the “off” months so I am trying to get together some strategies to keep things growing.
Just before Thanksgiving the guys finished a beautiful staircase they’d been working on for the past few weeks. I think their clients will hardly want to step on it! But I’m sure the feeling will pass and that staircase will usher many feet up and down its steps.
The mill is running full tilt the past few days… My window faces the driveway between the mill and the house so I know it is lunchtime when their Carhartt-clad, stocking-capped figures pass by… the only distinguishable feature between them being the few square inches of ruddy face nestled in layers of warm.
We are enjoying the change of pace around the farm… a little more quiet than the growing months… but give us a few months and we’ll be begging the snow to melt and the warm southern wind to breath her warm breath across the plains!
I hope you are all able to slow down and enjoy this beautiful time of year. We’re already preparing for next year but gladly welcoming the rest of this season.