How can we complain when it is still sunny and beautiful? Supposedly we’re counting down the days to our first frost but don’t tell that to the sunflowers I picked yesterday.
At the farm there are 5 different kinds of radishes right now (including the watermelon radish photographed by Shango above) and 2 different kinds of turnips. I am already thinking about hoarding these roots in my vegetable bin so that I can roast them when the cold weather comes, and remember the feeling of the soil between my fingers.
We just passed Dia de los Muertos, also known as All Saints’ Day for some. I spent a lot of time this past weekend in reflection, remembering the ancestors who have come before. I recommend spending some time outdoors with your face turned up to the sun, eyes closed, listening to the sounds of nature and recalling all of the beautiful lessons and memories we carry with us, keeping those spirits alive. If you can, plant something in their honor.
We only have 2 more weeks left in our regular harvest season. As we wind down the field work, it opens up space for us to make connections with farmers from other countries and think about the bigger picture aspects of organizing a farmer co-op.