We've contributed "Jen's Journal" pieces recently to the Sandhill Family Farms newsletter. These share what we're up to this autumn and provide a window into what we're thinking about here on the farm, so we thought we'd share the pieces here, too!
Here's a recap Jen's Journal pieces featured in October. Happy fall!
Jen's Farm Journal
For me, autumn is a time of welcome change. We move from rapid pace decision making in the field to a slower pace of decision making indoors. In the summer time, Jeff and I stand in the field together and decide on questions like, "Will this arugula benefit from one more days worth of growth or do we need to harvest it right now?" In the fall time, we sit together with maps and calculators and consider questions like, "When can we plan to harvest 1500 lbs of parsnips and 600 lbs of rutabagas?"
This weekend I had the pleasure of working at my last market of the season (though our Oak Park Farmers' Market stand runs through this Saturday). Saturday was a truly wonderful day to be outside -- a sunshine-filled fall day with cool breezes and the smell of donuts and coffee wafting through the air.
The market was filled with shoppers eager to find autumn produce to stock up their refrigerators for winter time and that perfect pumpkin for their front porch. Amidst the market bustle, I captured a picture of Jessie, one of our long-time farmers market staff members, teaching group of kids and adults about different vegetables at our stand. She taught was an impromptu lesson sharing her knowledge of the different types of kale we grow, their different names and origins and the best ways to prepare each different variety.