This week had us in a good work flow. Harvest for crops like tomatoes, green beans, eggplants and strawberries is full tilt and lots of people are supporting our insatiable vegetable growing passion. Every week we are distributing hundreds of pounds of crop and what little we actually have left at the end of the week, we are processing for our own rations during the winter. So little goes to waste on our farm and feeling this amount of support from the community has been a true blessing.
After a rather large push to get through summer chores, we are really enjoying some time to reflect and re-prioritize garden work. Still a little more direct seeding and bed turnover remain, but once those tasks are done we get to take a breather and re-group then ease into fall time.
Helpers continue to surprise us every week with their willingness to join in on garden work and get dirty with us. Today we had two wonderful volunteers stop by. Connor has been coming to the farm each month this summer. He helped us transplant our fall crops, then cultivated them a month later. This morning we were grateful for his arrival and finding us wiggling our way through an ever more crowded tomato greenhouse. Afterwards he clipped strawberry runners and sped off in the early afternoon on his bicycle. Thanks for your help Connor! After lunch our good friend Emma stopped in to help Andréa with some harvesting and cultivation. Emma worked at Winter Green Farm with Andréa awhile back and knows her way around a vegetable field. Having help from her was an incredible support today and really eased a good amount of workload off of us. Plenty of more work trade opportunities are available and we will be reaching out to our local supporters for help maintaining the strawberry patch in the coming weeks.
Starting a new business takes faith, hard work, determination and a whole lot of support. This has been one whirlwind of a season and we are pleasantly surprised on a daily basis how much the community is rallying around our farm. Each week we see more locals dropping in on the farmstand to talk story and stock up on produce in the middle of the week. At the Downtown Veneta Farmers Market, sales have been steady and despite the heat wave a couple weeks ago we still had plenty of regulars coming by and getting their weekly shopping in.
For all those who read our blog and have been following the farm, thank you. Please continue to check in and come out to the farm and support us. Growing in the Willamette Valley offers the unique ability to farm throughout most of the year. Our season is set to end for CSA on thanksgiving and we will have plenty of produce for the locals between now and then. Hope to see you on the farm and have a wonderful week!