You really have gotten me through the weeks. Counting the markets I was attending in April, this is the Thirty-Second Week! It would have been a long trek to take alone. It blows my mind that it has been going on for so long, and that it is about to end. I am so lucky to have found such a wonderful, intelligent, goofy, and supportive group of people at the market and that they come to see me every week. Thank you for helping me through my first year. I am going to miss you guys until the Spring.
I am also lucky to have found such Wonderful Volunteers. They made work quick with fast hands and lovely banter. I cannot even begin to imagine what it would have been like without them.
Now that the mushy stuff is over...
I am looking forward to being inside, or at least not working with flashlight tucked into my hat, when it is dark. My hands are looking forward to not washing vegetables in the freezing cold. And my body is looking forward to remaining with its back extended straight for entire days. But, I know as soon as it stops, I will miss it.
However, it isn't over yet! There is still plenty to do, both inside and outside. Lots of clean up: Mowing, pulling up irrigation lines and taking in irrigation equipment, mulching the garlic, pulling stakes from the ground that held plants in the summer, removing ground cloth, and MORE!!!
On the inside front, I am working on getting together all the information that I have collected through the season. This includes planting numbers, harvest numbers, market numbers (what sold and how much), reading all the scribbled notes I made to myself about what to do better, and of course, tax information. All this will be compiled by yours truly and hopefully, some decipherable meaning can be derived.
I will also inventory the materials that I have left from this year and begin the process of ordering more materials for next year. Materials like row covers, irrigation lines, ground cover, clips, stakes, twine -- the majority of field materials, will be ordered in December. Seeds and plant materials like potatoes, will be ordered in January (or, lets be honest, sooner if I can manage). And it goes on and on. I will send you an update in a little while, just to say hi.
Oh yeah, about the seeds: The ginger is already ordered! Along with yellow ginger and a super cool spicier Ginger called King Yai Thai, this year I have BLUE ginger coming! I expect t is going to be delightful. If you want to look at pictures, go here!
And lastly: SUPER BULK ONION SALE CONTINUES!!! I will be STILL offering a Ten-Pounds-for-Ten-dollars-Off sale! This week, the difference is, there are fewer bags and some of the bags are all yellow, some are sweet onions, and some are sweet and yellow onions mixed in a hodge-podge surprise. The sweet onions will not last as long, I expect a minimum a month, but they are delicious. Here is what I said last week regarding onion sale:
Have delicious, Whistling Wolf onions through the winter. They come in a cute burlap bag, so you don't even have to fret over what container to keep them in! Just tuck them away in a dark, dry, cool place, and enjoy! I will provide you will a informative sheet about how to select, store, and use storage onions.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support!