CSA Week 20 - Fall in love with Fall

Carrots, chard, salad mix, eggplant, red kuri squash, leeks, potatoes, broccoli, sweet peppers.

Carrots, chard, salad mix, eggplant, red kuri squash, leeks, potatoes, broccoli, sweet peppers.

The mornings are dark so late these days...good excuse to have one more cup of coffee before suiting up in boots and rain gear.  Thankfully the temperatures haven't dropped too low during the nighttime yet.  The fog rolls in thick at night, a blanket of sorts trapping the Earth's heat in.  I know it won't be long before the frosty mornings arrive making it all to easy to hit that snooze button one more time, delaying the inevitable departure from the cozy warmth of bed. 

Becoming a farmer has helped me develop a deep appreciation with Fall.  Originally a born and raised, sun-worshiping, island gal, Fall was not my favored time of year for many years.  It use to mean more cold, damp and darkness were coming so just get use to being cold and stuck indoors.  As a farmer, Fall still means cold and damp but it also brings with it a slower rhythm.  A welcomed rhythm.  No longer are 12 hour workdays necessary.  Thoughts of being nestled up indoors eating hot soup and sipping tea with the approaching Winter are so dreamy and inspiring.  Forever and artist at heart, there just isn't time for creative projects during the summer harvest season.  With Fall, comes a flood of new ideas for crafty projects to keep my hands busy as slowly the workload of the farm lessens its grip and eventually pause all together for a month or two come Winter.  

Fall market display at the Downtown Veneta Farmer's Market

Fall market display at the Downtown Veneta Farmer's Market

Did I mention the harvest?!  Fall crops are so delicious!  Roasted roots, squash soups, kimchi and kraut...the possibilities are endless.  I keep eyeing those brussel sprouts and thinking of how wonderful they will taste sautéd and drizzled with garlic butter once they are to size.  Thank you Fall for all your bounty!

Brandon processes leeks in the field.

Brandon processes leeks in the field.

There's only two more weeks of our regular season CSA remaining.  It's been a journey of highs and lows.  Brandon and I have learned so much through both our skilled observations and yes, some foolish mistakes.  We are already excited about how we will change things up next season to help our whole farm operation run more smoothly, although, it wasn't so bad this first year all and all.

Hope you all are staying warm and dry and enjoying plenty of home cooked meals.

Your Farmer,

Andréa