The weeks are rolling by and our summer is nearly over. This week Livie came home from school each day excited but tired. Autie waited eagerly each day for her big sister and best friend to come play with her. Autie finally asked if she could start school soon. Tom and I both want to send her to preschool, but at the moment it’s not in our budget. We are working with her on the things she needs to learn, but she misses having friends to play with. We are trying to figure this part out as we speak. Autie’s personality is changing so much right now. She is a crazy kid. Last Sunday while I was at market Daddy took the girls to Orshleans (our favorite store in the whole wide world!!!!!!). The girls came home with some new rain/work boots. Autie’s had horses on them and she wears them EVERYWHERE we will allow her to wear them… including the bathtub and bed. Livie likes hers, but not with same intensity.
If you were to come visit our farm this weekend, you would see my girls in their cutoff shorts, tank tops that do not match, a headband with a big bow for a little style, and their boots. They will be working a 'project" that will require at least three visits to daddy’s junk pile and will have two chairs and a small wrought iron patio table they have cabbaged onto on the stoop of our front steps. I have finally found all of the plant markers that disappeared this spring… they are tools, credit cards, and othe essential items for their “project.” If they happen to have a pair of their daddy’s gloves on … not to worry they have switched “projets” and will be trying to catch our only remaining kitten and he is WILD. The gloves are for a little protection from the scratches. The kitten is so WILD I think they actually need hazmat suits so the entire body is protected. You may also find them on their trampoline where they may be jumping, but they may also be playing school with our red heeler Reba. Reba is a very good student. My girls are wild, crazy and scream with pure excitement whenever there is a visitor!!!! If you are looking for yellow green beans, Romano-style flat green beans or a good deal on canning tomatoes you will find not only great produce but also quality entertainment offered by my girls.
This week we made another delivery to Wilderness Lodge and while at our market last week met an independent chef who does quite a bit of catering. I hope to be working on with him on an up-coming event. We also have been very busy selling apples, a last batch of sweet corn and lots of jalapeno peppers.
Next week we will rip out all but one row of tomatoes in the high tunnel so we can begin planting pole beans, more zucchini, broccoli, three types of cabbage and a whole LOT more!!!! In the weeks to come we will have pumpkins, yellow moon & star watermelons, patty pan squash, spinach, salad greens, more cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and a huge assortment of fall greens, cabbages, beets. Summer may be coming to an end, but in many ways the garden is just getting primed for the second half of the growing season. We are also making some changes for next year. This fall we are adding a bed of fennel and we are re-sowing our beds of parsley and cilantro. I am also looking for a good place to add a bed of fern dill and a bed of sage. We are making some big changes for next year. Just you wait and see!!!!
Tomorrow, you need to stop by. We will have a huge supply of yellow green beans, a few Romano-style beans, edamame soybeans, summer apples, Jonathon apples, a few pears, patty pan squash, butternut squash, some gorgeous red slicing tomatoes, a few cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, and okra. We will also have beet greens, collard greens and baby Swiss chard. We will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The produce will be very fresh, the conversation friendly, and my thankfulness overflowing!
My thoughts of gratitude for the week is focused on the gift of a happy marriage. This summer has been rough for most of us. The lack of rain and intense heat is wearing on everyone. It is summers like these that bring out the worst in everyone and I have not been at my best. My hubby faces it all with an easy smile, a reassuring “I love you,” and a drive to keep going in the hopes of a better day. There are a LOT of single women in my county most of whom never gave my husband a second look and yet wonder why they are still single. To them I smile and say THANK YOU. Depending on the weather, Tom hopes to start fall harvest this next week as well. Fall harvest has a tendency to drag on a bit but due to the drought this year will be fairly short, but lacking the light-hearted banter that tends to come with it. This year is a hard one and harvest will not end on a positive note. I hope Tom will lean on me the way I have leaned on him all summer. Hopefully my reassuring “I love you and gentle kiss will encourage a smile that I know he will struggle to find. This is farming and years like these are to be expected, but expecting them and living them are two different realities.
This next week is also a BIG week for us in other ways. I cannot go into details, but to say the least it has the potential to be life-changing for my family... in a good way. If you are a person of faith, please pray that the changes offered are real, and will bring my family the type of blessing we are able to pay forward 10 times over.
Have a fresh and fabulous holiday weekend and I ave hhhhhhhhhhhhhope to see you in the morning!!!!v