CSA Week 16 - The marathon continues

 Carrots, salad mix, kale, basil, tomatoes, sweet peppers, strawberries, sungolds, and green beans.

Carrots, salad mix, kale, basil, tomatoes, sweet peppers, strawberries, sungolds, and green beans.

This year has been full of so many emotional ups and downs.  Starting a new farm feels very similar to having a baby.  It's been all consuming, needing our attention, our care, our love and devotion.  The joys of harvesting the fruits of our labor is so precious and the struggle of working long days and long weeks is so real.  

We know next year will not be this taxing, (at least this is what we keep telling ourselves.)  We basically had to start the season from the ground up, removing towering blackberry brambles, opening up earth that had been left fallow for who knows how many years, installing irrigation and troubleshooting all the "why is it not working right?"  We had to set up a processing station and navigate all the media and advertising aspects of running a business.  It's been a journey.  It's been a HUGE learning curve year.  We've had crop failures and other hiccups along the way that add to the stress level that comes with farming.  We are tired yet we are still strong.  We are running a marathon and we still have power reserves within us.  The winter season of rest and restore is the carrot in front of our nose, encouraging us to keep moving forward.  Farming is a public service and I really couldn't see myself doing anything else.  Farmer is who I am despite how dang hard it is sometimes.  The gratitude expressed by our customers is the liquid that fills our cup.  They keep us going and make it all worth it.

If there's anyone out there who still needs to can tomato sauce or make salsa, we planted way too many tomatoes, (note to self for next year.)  We are selling romas and big beef tomatoes for $1/lb for orders 25 lbs. or more.  Email is the best way to place an order.

As a "thank you" to our CSA members and our community at large, we are hosting a harvest season potluck on the 24th of this month beginning at 4pm.  Originally, we were planning on having a big barn dance party but it has be brought to our attention that it is not permitted in Lane County to host events in a non-permitted barn that are non agricultural related.  Bummer.  We still plan on have music and dancing but outside under the stars instead.  We are looking forward to celebrating a bountiful season with friends new and old.

Your farmer,