This morning I woke up to find that the frost that had so completely covered the farm fields yesterday, had hardly returned in the early morning hours, and I could take the dog out through the farm without my teeth chattering. At morning meeting, the five of us full-time Powisset farmers, sat together, finishing breakfasts and warm cups of coffee and reviewed our plan for the day. This gift of a warm November day was not to be squandered with a lingering morning meeting. We quickly adjourned and our crew headed to the fields while Tessa and I finished piecing together the puzzle of what the contents of our last three winter share pick-ups would be. After feeling satisfied with our plan and deciding that growing ginger was the coolest thing that we had done this season, we looked out at the sun through the office windows and let it lead us out to where the crew was picking leeks.
|i love leeks|
The rhythm of the leek harvest made me beam with happiness and I pulled off the extra sweater that I didn’t need and hopped off the truck to join the dance. Some of us pulled the long alliums from the soil where they had remained since May. Others cleaned and bunched the sweet veggies together—some bunches filled with five or six slender leeks, others made up of only two giant leeks. Each one, the perfect handful, in line for soups and scrambled eggs of the future. I fell in line by grabbing a large harvest knife and chopping the less-edible dark green leaves off of the bunch, creating a “v” shape with the swift movement of my arm and wrist as I held the bunch out in front of me.
|kasey, jon & tessa after a cold day of harvesting!|
We quickly filled bins, each of us proud of the bunches we had picked and banded and cut. We headed to the parsnips and then to the potatoes, then to remove the dahlia tubers from the flower garden, then to un-trellis the raspberries. Our walking turning to running as our energy grew with each vegetable we picked. The knowledge of the impending cold weather making for cold harvest days was driving us forward. The sun and our conversation kept us in good spirits as we worked.
As I write this, the crew is out there harvesting even more potatoes and I am eager to join them. Our wonderful crew will finish their season at Powisset in just over two weeks, leaving Tessa and I to the soon-to-be quiet office and chilly December work days. For today, I am going to relish in their company and their incredible team work. I am going to enjoy a day in the fields without a winter hat. And I am going to enjoy the picking this week because it is preparing us for this Saturday’s second winter share pick-up and farm stand, where the barn will be filled with our produce and with you! A festive fall day at the barn, seeing everyone filling their bags with sweet carrots and bunches of leeks is one of the best moments this farmer can have.
I hope to see you in the fields before it gets too chilly!
Meryl & the Powisset Farm Crew
Winter Share #2 and Fall Farm Stand!
This Saturday, November 9, 10am-3pm
This Saturday is the 2nd winter share pick up and another awesome fall farm stand!
At the stand there will be:
beans, beets, carrots, celeriac, broccoli, radish, garlic, turnips, kale, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, onions, shallots, leeks, winter squash, rutabega, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, radicchio, hot peppers, cilantro, kohlrabi, Powisset farm Ginger!!!! and more!!
There will also be Powisset Farm pork, Moose Hill Farm eggs and lots of jam and honey!
Jordan Brothers Seafood will also be at the farm but last time were only here from about 10am-12pm--so be sure to get here early if you are looking for some fish!
We are so excited to see you! The stand is open to all from 10am-3pm!
See you there!