After a week in front of the screen, the opportunity to work with my hands – with all my senses, in fact – is always a welcome change of pace, whether in the kitchen or in the garden. There’s something about such work that it seems to alter the experience of time, helps me reoccupy the present tense.
Michael Pollan, Cooked; 2013
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The summer season has flown by. The harvest have drastically decreased as the plants transition for winter.
Monday was rainy so I went with David at the crack of dawn to the hospital garden. We did a quick harvest of tomatoes, kale, chard, cucumbers and squash before heading home for breakfast. Later, I left with Ellis to Prairie du Chien in Wisconsin. We ran a few errands that he needed to complete and then stopped for a quick lunch. We returned home later in the afternoon and the rest of the day was spent in relaxation. The following day I started my day by cleaning two varietals of beans. They were relatively large harvest so this took up most of my morning. Afterwards, I cut some squash for the young goats and then did some miscellaneous chores around the farm.
Wednesday was filled with various meetings for upcoming events. When I returned from town I finished weeding underneath the apple trees. Once I completed that, I moved on to picking ripe beans for seed saving. We were still stocked up on leftovers from the Seed Saver’s lunch so we ate leftovers. The next day I spent my entire morning digging potatoes. This was a lengthy task that involved some concentration to avoid spearing potatoes in the process of digging them out. I went for my shift of work later that night and enjoyed a fairly busy night of service.
Friday was rainy again so I took the time to work on those birch logs I mentioned last week. Using various power tools I began to hollow out the logs with some ease. After nearly four hours of work, I headed into town to work. And, much like Thursday, experienced a decent night of service. The day after I started my day by tidying up the hoop house. I mowed the grass on one side and then sickled down weeds on the other. I went to work later in the evening and was stunned by the smackdown of customers that we experienced. I think it was one of the busiest nights since I began there.
Sunday was more relaxed as I began my morning preparing for an upcoming event. I spent a few hours peeling many heads of garlic before transitioning to harvesting. I went outside and picked nearly two and a half gallons of crab apples to be used in a dessert. I spent the next few hours dicing up the crab apples before cooking them into an apple sauce. It began to rain late in the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to head over to work on logs again until sunset. I returned home late, tired and covered in sawdust.
It has been amazing to see the change in both temperature and production from the plants. It seems like only yesterday I was picking pounds of cucumbers, only now to struggle to even find enough on the plants to make a couple of pounds. It just makes me feel like I missed part of the summer; even though I have been fully involved for the entire time. It really is amazing how fast things happen – both with plants and in life.
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