Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mid-Summer Has Arrived

August is here! August is a confusing, exciting, hard month on the farm. The end of the season is in sight; we are planting out our first fall greens (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, and radishes have all gone in!) and nearing the end of our successions of lettuce and carrots. Days grow shorter, and I start to think of fall. Such thinking, however, is premature. This is the hard part of August. Harvests are long, and have been for quite some time, days continue to be stiflingly hot, and the season is not even halfway over.
Despite the challenges of will, though, August is a lot of fun. Tomatoes are going strong, and everyone loves tomatoes. Our crew has reached a high level of familiarity and rapport with each other by now, and we can help and support each other through the mid-summer exhaustion. A return to planting is refreshing after several months spent mostly weeding and harvesting.
And, before we know it, the students will be heading back to school, cooler mornings will move in, and that kale that looks so tiny now will be full-sized and sweet. So we enjoy summer while it lasts.

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