I wasn’t kidding when I said the weeding never stops around here. We spent this past week weeding in the 25-acre, weeding in the 2-acre, and weeding in all the hoop houses. In the hoops and the tomato houses we have spent enough time on them that it is mostly maintenance weeding: we harvest and weed at the same time. In the 25-acre, our farmers go on “walks” down the rows and weed as they go, trying to weed a row or two a day. No more blood blisters under fingernails from weeding!
What I am most excited about this week is that we started the first of our fresh winter CSA starts! We have been growing winter storage crops intermixed with our summer CSA crops since November, 2020 (that was when we planted garlic). But now, this week, we started the Asian greens, green onions, kale, and lettuce heads that will be part of the first of our Winter CSA boxes!
Timing on the farm is a mind bender. It is these moments when summer harvest vibes (heat and sweat and tomatoes in their glory) smash into starting late fall/early winter crops that the inherent optimism of farming shines. While it impossible to imagine that cooler days are coming, we trust they are and plant for the next season. For me, the starting of seeds is a great reminder to pause, reflect about the season I am in, and remember that the future is coming and to be excited for it.