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Farm Happenings for September 28, 2021

Posted on September 23rd, 2021 by Shiloh Avery

This is the final week of the main season CSA--a bittersweet moment for all of us.  On the one hand, we've been going hard since March, and the end of the main season signals a little bit lighter load, but it also means the dissipation of the farmily and seeing all your smiling faces (unless, of course, you have a fall share). It's the light at the end of the tunnel, but also the ending of what turned out to be an epic season--our most productive season yet.  While 3 acres sounds small to some, it was all the 7 of us could do to feed so many families (well over 200 families!!). Together, we scrapped and scrambled our way through health challenges, a disillusioned wider world, the regular intensity of summer, and an exceptional season that is not over yet, all while keeping our sense of humor and having a whole lot of fun.  I'll wax more poetic about this farmily below, but in the meantime--just a couple of logistics:

If you're not participating in the fall share, please leave us your boxes this week.  If you still want a fall share, I think we have 30 or so left.  We will actually cut this one off at 150 because we grow less in the fall (and have fewer staff to get it all done).  Stay tuned for information on the winter shares--I still have a couple of logistics to work out.  I think that's it!  We've truly enjoyed growing fresh organic food for you this season!

Something came up at Merlefest this weekend that reminded me of a joke we have on the farm.  I laughed and wanted to share the joke with my companions but it was going to take a lot of backstory explaining and would definitely not be funny to anyone who wasn’t there.  It was a “you had to be there” moment.  These are the moments we share that make us a farmily.

It’s the inside jokes, the pulling together, the belonging, the taking care of each other, the “finding your tribe”…it’s the farmily.  We share so much of each other, our highs, our lows, and so so much love.  It’s so much more than coming to work, doing a job, and going home.  We linger in each other’s thoughts, we text each other outside of work, we worry about each other’s well-being.  And yes, we have fun.  A whole lot of it.  But also, we accomplish so much together.  I am overflowing with gratitude for this tribe, this farmily.