So it is, this Saturday will be the last week of the Amherst Farmers'
Market (outdoors). For our Copley and Newton customers, don't forget
about our Taste of the Valley event this Tuesday, November 23rd from 1-5pm. Check our website for updated info. Fearnot, besides a plethera of new Winter Market options, this week our stand will be bursting with:
* Salad Greens!
* Brussels Sprouts!
* Potatoes! German Butterball, Sangre, Russets
* Lisianthus! (cant you believe it yet again this week?!?!)
* Eggs! (more than usual due to the new squeezing technique we have
* Carrots! (below is a sweet email from one of our Amherst customers)
I've been critiqued for my overuse of exclamation marks, but I just
can't bring myself to weed them out of this list. I AM exclaiming!!
I'm also joking about the squeezing technique, of course.
Here is a quote from our friend Sarah's email:
I am writing to thank you for selling your carrots. I only bought them
last week because they were so beautifully fanned out, and the morning
seemed grey and cold, and there they were, like little flames. I
bought them as an only slightly more utilitarian bouquet; I'd grown
tired of tired carrots, and then I ate one, and another, and another,
and they were magical, and I was hooked! so I bought more from you
this morning, some of the pale ones, too, which are like summer, like
queen ann's lace pulled up and inhaled. Thank you for renewing my
faith in this little sweetheart"
These warm-ish days have given us excellent opportunities for our
grand perennial moving project, as well as continued harvest and the
beginning site-work for a new hoophouse for 2011. We have gathered up
all of our irrigation lines, which was the lifeblood of this past
growing season. The chickens have been busy with the fields of oats,
and soon they will have ...
added heat, wake-up lighting, and keeping their water from freezing.
We've resisted giving them Internet, for fear that their work ethic
Thankfully our water supply pond has now replenished itself, and we
are back on track for next years irrigation needs. The wind carries
glimpses of winter, but in a sheltered place, the sun has memories of
summer still lingering in its warmth. We find that our conversations
are more about the past and the future than the present. Working while
planning will inevitably turn into planning while planning, and then
soon enough the greenhouse will be going and it will turn into
planning while planting, then come April it will be panting while
planting, then planting while planting... and planning seems to go on
vacation, as we distract ourselves with gloriously endless flowers and
salads and veggies. Ah, the cycles of farming!
From the crisp morning sunlight to the sweet potato sunsets, farming
continues to fulfill us. A giant puzzle, with the "little weather
brother" that comes and moves all the pieces around every once in
awhile, but alas, the picture emerges, and it continues to be fun.
You can be sure, each and every one of you, that we will be giving
thanks this Thanksgiving to YOU- to the smiles you bring to every
market, to your conscious consumerism, to the amazing things you do
with our produce and our flowers, to your feedback, to your
exclamations when you revel at a table of veggies or buckets of
flowers, to your rain or shine support, to your loyalty, to your
Missy (Phillip, Casey, Robert, Sophie and all 200 Internet-free Hens)