Week #19.5 of 21: 10/13+10/15 Second-to-Last Pick Upby Erin and Steve on 10/11/20
**CURRENT MEMBERS: Don't forget to renew your share before the end of the season (which is next week).**
That's right, there are 2 more weeks of the Summer Share season, and what an amazing harvest we've had! Yes there were obstacles (many, many of them this year), but we've developed a flexible and resilient field plan and given the successes of the season it looks like it was a great plan. As the Summer season draws to an end the feeling is bittersweet for us. We are proud of our work, and our community, and still harvesting for you all. But we are simultaneously breathing a sigh of relief that the season is almost over. In the back of my mind remains all the work that is yet to be done before we can officially 'sit back', but at least I have some time for myself by this point in the year. Phew.
Now that I laid that out, it's already time to start planning for next year. That's why we ask for renewals now because we are going to start amending said field plan for 2021 soon, then comes budget planning, then comes seed ordering which all happen by the New Year. I know some of this may sound like I'm explaining how 'busy' we are. Everyone is busy. That is not the point. The point is I think that some people assume what we do is somehow magical. It all just happens. Instead what just happens is a lot of forethought and hard work. We even had someone talking to us about their child's job on a farm, "not like ours; a real farm." As farmers it's mind boggling to us how little people have thought about where their food comes from. I don't blame this person for what could be interpreted as an insult, I blame them for their ignorance about their own food system. I blame them for thinking that farms that grow produce aren't farms, or farms that sell direct to customers instead of a middle man are not farms, or farms that don't look like what Old McDonald should look like aren't farms. Among the many things that COVID has taught us one of them should be that local food security is very important. Root Down Farm is part of that local food system.
Alright, now back to the matter at hand. This week's share will include: winter squashes, beets, carrots, fennel, maybe some broccoli and cauliflower, sweet peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad turnips and radishes, radicchio, celery, and leeks and pie pumpkins for everyone.
The fruit share will include apples and pears.