What a weekend we had! It was the perfect culmination to an incredible summer! Over the last 2 months we have been harvesting EVERYTHING we grew during the summer. From the last of the lettuce heads and chard for the Farmers Market, Farm Store, and CSAs to the last of the carrots, winter squash, and celeriac for storage, it all had to go before the weather really turned *and/or* Customer Appreciation Day came around. That meant that we have been busy, busy, busy. And, as a result we are full up in all our fridges, barns, containers, and buildings.
We have carrots, onions, garlic, and potatoes for days.
We have so many winter squash – and of so many varieties – that I challenge you to get tired of winter squash this winter.
We have beets and daikon radish to bring color to your winter meals.
We have celeriac for that added je ne sais quoi of your winter palette.
And then the crunch of cabbage. So delicious and sweet!
This year, lucky us, Customer Appreciation Day won. On October 22 we opened our fields to the community for a day of gleaning and celebration. It was a day so emblematic of the whole season – beautiful, sunny, not too hot, not too cold.
So many people came! We served over 500 dishes out of the kitchen which was almost twice as much food as we served the year before. And none of us think we have ever had that many people come to a Customer Appreciation day at least in the last 4 years. There were over 1000 folks in the dirt with their kids and friends and parents scavenging for carrots and kale. Poking around for green onions and winter squash. Perusing the rows for chard and fennel.
This was one of the last days before the big freezes of winter set in. It was the last day for our Apprentice working. Customer Appreciation and Gleaning Day is truly a gathering of the WHOLE community and it is such a joyous send off of the season for us. We are so grateful to have spent it with our Central Oregon Community!