What I love about winter, being in this farming profession, is that it is the one time of year that you can put your feet up…for a week or so. December 18th, we said goodbye to the last WWOOF’ers of the season, and have been blissfully schedule-free since then. That however, doesn’t mean that nothing has been going on. Paul has been outside combing over the landscape, planning for this forthcoming season. The kids and I have been holed up, homeschooling, and enjoying the moments together. The grind will start up again tomorrow, or possibly Monday, when the first WWOOF’er of the season shows up. I’m not even sure of his name, but I think he’s from New Mexico. Bring it on! It’s just crazy to think that it’s beginning again already. No break is ever long enough when you work so hard for most of the year. So, I’ll take these next few hours to revel in the…chaos? One other important bit of info that has happened since the beginning of the new year is that I have eliminated wheat from my diet. So far the results are great. I feel amazing. I decided to do this, because I had developed allergies last year, and the more I researched, wheat seemed to be a big red flag in people’s diet that leads to allergies. The first three days were rough to say the least. I didn’t expect a fallout, but it happened, and it wasn’t pretty. The other day on the Colbert Report, they did a whole bit on how kids shouldn’t eat wheat, and how bread is just as addicting as crack…this explained everything! Google it readers, I’m glad I did.
Today we said goodbye to the last WWOOFers of the season, Sunny and Lan. What a joy it was having them, as well as everyone else this season. Without the help of strangers, Paul and I wouldn’t be able to do what we do. A person can say thanks all they want, and possibly still not get their point across. I feel like I couldn’t say it enough to prove how much I mean it. So, I’ll just type it: thank you.
It’s bittersweet, the whole WWOOF-host thing. All of these people who come into my life, impact it in some shape or form, and then they leave…onto the next farm, or just moving on. Just so you know WWOOF-pack, it doesn’t get any easier, saying goodbye. I wish you all now like I did during our ‘See you later’ speeches the best of luck. And please, come see me.
Tomorrow is the last delivery for the Fall CSA, and Paul and I are going to be very busy harvesting, packaging and delivering food tomorrow, our heads will be spinning. We’ve been doing the whole CSA thing for 34 weeks straight. It’s been a lot of logistics, and long days, which turns Wednesday into Friday. This Wednesday will be interesting, there will be no one else to cook for except my family, no casual conversation except for my family, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO! We still have game night…(which by the way Pat and Pakis, I’ve won 5 in a row, come challenge me!)
It took me a week to get these photos up, but good things come to those who wait. If you don’t see yourself here, it’s not because I didn’t care…Thank you too!
It’s been a long season, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of strangers, who turn into friends. Thank you to WWOOFUSA, as well as WWOOF, for helping farmers and volunteers connect!
You know it has been a long season, when your plants start producing magical, yet comical fruits. They must be saying to us, sit down and have a laugh, it’s almost over.
Not only are there penguin peppers, but peppers with funny noses:
These peppers are doing their job, showing us that plants can have a sense of humor too!
We’ve been really busy here on the farm, our main project right now, on top of EVERYTHING else is re-erecting the Mothership. If you aren’t a 2-greenthumbs superfan, let me fill you in. Last march our hoop house, the Mothership, was blown down in what we later found out was a F1 tornado. Look back into my archives, there were pictures and tears shed. But NOW we are putting a new Mothership back up, better than ever. There were lots of hands involved in this, there are some pictures on my other farm blog Ozark Alternatives and I will add some more here as well.
I would just like to add that we also pulled the roof up and over! There are no pictures of that, because all hands were on deck. FARM LIFE!
The other evening, we were out, and when we came back there was a present waiting for us. A farm friend from down south in the land of Greenwood Arkansas swung by, waited, and left leaving a very nice present.
Thank you David for the home-made soap and the home grow loofah! Are you trying to tell us something? For any of you locals, David’s wife makes and sells home-made soaps at Ozark Natural Foods here in Fayetteville. Her brand is called “Dixie Flower Soaps” They are exceptionally delightful, for we have received some of them before. So be sure to check out her products on the shelves.
The weather has cooled slightly, instead of being 100+ degrees, it has dropped into the 90’s! Some people don’t feel a difference, it’s HOT any way you look at it, but for those who work out in it, it makes a difference. Plants hae bounced back, insects are flying around again, and we even got a little rain. We wasted no time and got back out into the field, prepping and planting.
Planting a salad mix, and laying the drip line.
Covering the seeds up.
“Sweet Jane”, came to us all the way from the great land of Long Island. When she left here the other day, she had to return to start school again. I don’t think she was very excited about it, she said that she’d rather stay in the field. I agree, since I too am in school, and would rather be in the field as well.
The chickens are feeling the difference in the heat as well, their egg production is back up.