John and I had a wonderful few days in the Boundary Waters last week. It was a great way to get some much needed rest and relaxation and get rejuvenated for our last couple weeks of the CSA season. We couldn't have asked for a better trip (despite a couple really brisk mornings and one challenging day of paddling into the wind). We even came back with a really great fish story. Ask John and he'll tell you all about it!
Yesterday we felt like we were getting a second wave of summer. Even the wild strawberries must have thought so because they were flowering. And the toads were emerging from under the landscape fabric in the high tunnel. The strange haze in the sky from the fires out west brought about a fuzzy glow to everything.
As farmers, we are fully-immersed in the seasonal rhythms. Usually the seasonal shifts are subtle and gradual, but this week we felt a significant shift into fall. No doubt about it, Fall is here!
This shift into fall also signals that it's time to preserve our bounty and stock up for winter. We have a goal to preserve more food this winter and will be focusing on saving as much as we can in the next few weeks. This included harvesting wild rice last weekend! An annual tradition we started last year. We harvested 28 lbs of rice which will likely yield about 15 lbs. once processed. We're looking forward to enjoying the bounty this winter!
John and I took a break yesterday from the farm to celebrate our anniversary. We drove up the shore and decided to go where the wind would take us. We stopped along the Temperance River and discovered a section of the Superior Hiking Trail that neither of us had been on and found our way up to the summit of Carlton Peak.
We've been sensing the subtle shifting of seasons: Cooler mornings and evenings, the sweet scent of fall blooms (and the itchy, watery eyes that come with them), and the instinctive feeling that we should be squirreling away food for the winter months. At the farm this subtle shift signals the time to wind down. Although we are still busy harvesting and planting our last fall crops and cover crops, our focus simultaneously shifts toward putting our garden to bed for the winter months.
The farm is beautiful this time of year (and every time of year) but this time especially now because the angle of the sun is such that the sunlight has a different quality to it so that everything looks golden. The air is crisp and the smell of the earth is sweet — subtle hints that change is in the air and fall is approaching. To be immersed in this beauty reminds us why we became farmers in the first place. It nourishes our souls.
We're excited to announce that going forward we will have seasonal flower bouquets for sale when available! That means that most weeks throughout the summer season you'll be able to enjoy a fresh-picked bouquet of flowers from our farm. Bouquets are artfully-arranged, one-of-a-kind creations that include a mix of seasonal blooms and greenery. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay in the loop!