The cold arrived with a vengeance, and those last summer crops that were hanging on bowed out as we dropped below twenty degrees here both Thursday and Friday nights of this past week. Having worked many years of farmer's markets both in Longmont and Ridgway, this was the coldest that I can remember. After spending a cozy night inside, some of our pumpkins actually froze on the drive to market in the back of our truck. There's a first for everything.
This week marks the start of what is our "off-season". We will begin the leisurely clean up in our field that is not nearly as exciting as the start of our growing season. I liken it to the clean up after a party - with such anticipation you cook, clean, and decorate as you prepare for guests to arrive, then the clean up leaves you with empty cups, dirty plates, and half-eaten pieces of cake. But, alas, it has to be done. There is a certain stress that is relinquished this time of year though also. I looked at Cale yesterday and said to him that he has a freshness and lightheartedness about him that I haven't seen in several weeks. It's like that first week after you got out of school as a kid - you no longer have a routine. For me, there is a physical and mental freedom that I feel with this transition. My schedule throughout the summer is very structured with very little wiggle room as to when I am scheduled to do what. This weekend, however, I attended a yoga festival, cooked us a celebratory dinner that included apple pie, field greens, and wild caught Coho, and read a book which had absolutely nothing to do with farming. What a gift to have this discretionary time! While I hate to see the end of the growing season, it is a good reminder to cherish these new opportunities that come with the changing of seasons.
First, a huge thank you to those who braved the sub-freezing temperatures to visit us in Ridgway on Friday! My word, that was something! This week will be our first delivery to Ridgway. We will be delivering on Friday and, if you do not live in town limits, will be meeting anyone who orders in the east parking lot of Hartwell Park at noon. If you do live (or work) in town, we are offering delivery to your door. Please specify either way in your order notes which option best suits you. As a reminder, there will be a $5 delivery fee added to each order. Thank you for understanding this add-on.
With this, we wish you all a lovely week ahead. Thank you for the support of our farm and local, organic agriculture.
In gratitude, Melissa & Cale