*Pics of the Week*

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.” ~Wendell Berry

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Make Hay While the Sun Shines

The end of the summer is always full of activity, as well as full of planning for the seasons to come. In the past two weeks we’ve been busy harvesting, preserving and keeping up the plots. The tomatoes have been coming in full force, so that also means making lots of marinara for use later on this year. Even though this season still has a few weeks left, our thoughts are already turning toward winter farm projects, crop choices, and plot designs for next spring. But before I get ahead of myself, here are a few of the best pictures from the past week. 🙂

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The latest harvest baskets to share with our neighbors. It’s hard to believe that so far this season we have given away 19 baskets like this. Wow! Our wheels are already turning in estimation of how much more we can produce next year!
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The eggplants are still growing in full force. Look closely, and you can see all of the purple fruit ready to be picked. We learned that eggplants absolutely love nitrogen, hence the massive size of these plants!
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A rogue vine trying to trick us into letting it live by producing these stunning tropical-looking flowers. It worked, it’s too pretty to get rid of 🙂
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More tomatoes! Every time we turn around there are more ripe, juicy fruit. Better get another batch of marinara going!
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The apples on our tree are growing beautifully. In a few weeks they will be ready to take a big, juicy bite out of. Next year a goal is to protect more of our fruit tree harvest from the beginning, as well as add several more trees for a bigger bounty.
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A bumble bee posing on a sunflower for me! It has been really amazing to watch the many different types of pollinators that live in our gardens and enjoy the many various flowers that abound.

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