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Field Notes: Volume 16, Number 24

This Week’s Harvest

  1. Garlic

  2. Dill

  3. Lettuce

  4. Kale

  5. Scallions

  6. Carrots

  7. Radishes

By Courtney Buchholtz

This is the weather we have been waiting for—crisp, cool mornings, that are just cold enough to make your hands a little numb but still mobile enough to harvest without losing a finger. We pile on the layers and head out to the fields, waiting with anticipation for the sun to crawl over the trees and warm us with her rays. I always pause, smile, and enjoy the moment when I take a breath and realize that the coolness in the air has given way to gentle warmth that fills my nose and delights my lungs. These moments are what we look forward to as each season passes. What moments in life do you look forward to? Has life gotten so busy that we forget to stop and appreciate the moments?

Another of these moments came yesterday as I was mulling about in the rain, to the sound of tree frogs, happy tree frogs. I couldn’t help but smile and thank them for lifting my mood. Every time the rains fall my Worry Meter tips toward “full” at the thought of trying to get the garlic planted. Unless we get some unseasonably warm weather to start November off, we are at least a few weeks yet from being able to work the ground in preparation for planting the garlic. We have a few alternatives to the main field but we’d rather not have to exercise those options if we can help it. So we wait and watch, and gently encourage what remains in the garden to keep growing, while giving thanks congruently to the bounty that we have been provided with so far.

Our original plan included one more box beyond this week and I am happy to say that we are on track to do just that. We have a few crops remaining in the fields that we will delight you with next week to wrap up the season. And despite the possible snow (yes, snow) and co