Here it is two weeks from labor day. As one ages, the time literally seems to fly by, and you end up standing in the middle of the week wondering how you got there without without the ability to remember what transpired on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This summer has been a blur, and despite the fact we lament the passage of time that goes by unnoticed, I and many of my farmer friends look forward to the passage of this particular growing season. My usual chant starting about now is ‘Bring on the frost”, but I have heard it from others this year, long before I dared open my mouth. By far, this has been the most challenging season for most of us. From the pressure from wildlife, the problematic weather( lack of heat and sun for most of the summer) and onslaught of various plant diseases that we are seeing for the very first time (bacterial canker, late blight).
The upside is that demand is good this year for what we grow, mainly at the expense of home gardeners who were ill equipped to recognize and deal with the problems facing all of us growing vegetables and small fruit. Their early failures have created market demand for our tomatoes, corn ,melons and I suspect fall sales of potatoes will be brisk. Later this week (if the weather cools down) we will start harvesting onions and red potatoes…some of the early fall storage crops. So although the first part of this week will be unusually hot, the clock on the wall is ticking and we know that the number of sweltering days are clearly numbered. I was making up a list this morning of projects to get done before winter settles in.
Where did the time go? Weren’t we shoveling snow away from the greenhouse doors two weeks ago….?