October 2

We are winding down the harvest season,the farmstand will close this weekend. Although sales  have been strong this fall, weather continues to make it difficult and the damp cool nights, foggy mornings and considerable rain events continue to  ruin  things, most recently playing havoc and spreading fruit rots in the  fall raspberries. This year we have have seen more new diseases on the farm than we  ever figured possible. And generally in the fall, the vegetable crops start to decline anyway before the frost finally takes them out. We will remain extremely busy with the full crew for at least a month and a half with fall clean up. I am already focusing on machinery when I get a minute, and the  stock plant greenhouses need to be  readied for the returning plants, which  will have  to be brought in, “de-loused” and cleaned up for the winter.  Brush to be be cut, plant stakes retrieved, greenhouses to be repaired…..and hopefully a few  last hikes up Cardigan Mountain. We will have some  meetings with our  CSA groups, lots of  plant material and seeds to be ordered for the greenhouses and there will be plenty of informational meetings to attend…I am sure that  this years diseases will be  the hot topics. One of my personal goals is to get in decent physical shape so each summers work load doesnt keep landing me in physical therapy…. but that goal maybe a “bridge too far”…