Fall is in the Air

August 2014 007

The squash are slowing down, but we still have quite a bit!  The winter squash will be ready before you know it.

The squash are slowing down, but we still have quite a bit! The winter squash will be ready before you know it.

It seems crazy that the summer could pass so fast, but already we are waking up to crisp cool mornings and witnessing the slow down in production from the garden. Our month was busy here, not only with the picking, watering, a broken water pump, and attempting to keep up with some of the weeds, but also with a visit from one of our other sisters/daughters from back East and a family reunion!

The Hubbard girls, all together back on the farm for a brief time.

The Hubbard girls, all together back on the farm for a brief time.

The last of the corn has now been picked, and we’re lucky if there is any still in the garden shed to be sold at this very moment. Harvesting our practically legendary sweet corn has been quite effective at bringing customers out, and typically, the corn has already sold out by about 10:00 in the morning! Hopefully our visitors won’t stop coming for the absence of corn, as we have plenty of other veggies yet to be sold.

The summer corn harvest coming to a close already!  If that doesn't forebode the end of the summer and garden produce, I'm not sure what does!  If you would like corn stalks for fall decorating, let us know before they all become fodder for the cows.

The summer corn harvest coming to a close already! If that doesn’t forebode the end of the summer and garden produce, I’m not sure what does! If you would like corn stalks for fall decorating, let us know before they all become fodder for the cows.

Even the dog enjoyed a good ear of sweet corn!  She got this one from the corn stalks that were being removed from the garden.

Even the dog enjoyed a good ear of sweet corn! She got this one from the corn stalks that were being removed from the garden.

It's been a struggle to get the little farmers to eat their vegetables, but as research shows and experience has proven, growing it and picking it themselves has really helped to increase their interest and buy in!  Jacob really enjoys these cherry tomatoes... even though he doesn't like tomatoes (he says).

It’s been a struggle to get the little farmers to eat their vegetables, but as research shows and experience has proven, growing it and picking it themselves has really helped to increase their interest and buy in! Jacob really enjoys these cherry tomatoes… even though he doesn’t like tomatoes (he says).

The long awaited tomatoes finally made their debut and are producing quite a bit. If you’re interested in ordering a lot of tomatoes so you can make your own batch of salsa, barbeque sauce, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, or whatever your heart desires, let us know so we can set some aside for you! We also have some fresh basil, if you’re interested, but you’ll have to let us know as it doesn’t hold well when picked and set out in the garden shed.

We have fresh basil too, by special request.  And if you need a great recipe for some pesto, we have that too!

We have fresh basil too, by special request. And if you need a great recipe for some pesto, we have that too!

From our own kitchen, we’ve made a batch of sweet pickle relish, dill pickles, pesto, marinara, and barbeque sauce. We’ve also been freezing quite a bit of broccoli, onions, peppers, beans, and a tad bit of corn (from the lesser ears of corn that weren’t for sale).

What we currently have in the Garden Shed for sale:
– Yellow Onions (there are not many left; the Walla Walla sweets are gone)
– Garlic
– Broccoli
– Zucchini (slowing down quickly!)
– Patty Pan squash
– Slicing cucumbers (you can still order some pickling cucumbers also, but get your order in quick, as they are slowing down quickly!)
– Tomatoes (cherry, heirloom, paste, and slicing. If you’d like to order some canning tomatoes, let us know that as well)
– Spaghetti squash
– Cantaloupe melons (sometimes; we don’t have many this year)
– Green beans
– Peppers (jalepeno, anaheim, and bell)
– Asian eggplant (also slowing down quickly)
– Chard (sometimes; it sells quickly)

Coming soon:
– Pumpkins
– Acorn and Butternut squash
– We may have some other products, depending on our abundance!

Our fourth sister/daughter came out from Ohio this month for our family reunion.  We produced all sorts of smiles and fun memories for these cousins!

Our fourth sister/daughter came out from Ohio this month for our family reunion. We produced all sorts of smiles and fun memories for these cousins!

What can you say?  We're a John Deere family!  One of our Little Farmers told me the other day that he would have a tractor when he grew up.  When I asked him what kind, he replied incredulously, "A John Deere!"  As if there were ever a question!!

What can you say? We’re a John Deere family! One of our Little Farmers told me the other day that he would have a tractor when he grew up. When I asked him what kind, he replied incredulously, “A John Deere!” As if there were ever a question!!

Some pretty visitors we had in our garden.

Some pretty visitors we had in our garden.

Here's the scoop, memories are rarely  made the OSHA friendly way!

Here’s the scoop, memories are rarely
made the OSHA friendly way!

Three sisters in a scoop... If we can't work out our differences on the ground, this might force us to it!  This is how we reach those big beautiful berries that always seem to be just out of reach!

Three sisters in a scoop… If we can’t work out our differences on the ground, this might force us to it! This is how we reach those big beautiful berries that always seem to be just out of reach!

How many people can you fit on a tractor? One of our favorite things to do in the summer is pick black berries!  This year we got to take the entire family!  Not all members actually had berries in their buckets at the end, but they had purple faces anyhow.

How many people can you fit on a tractor? One of our favorite things to do in the summer is pick black berries! This year we got to take the entire family! Not all members actually had berries in their buckets at the end, but they had purple faces anyhow.

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One thought on “Fall is in the Air

  1. Reblogged this on Mom at home scientist and commented:
    I don’t usually reblog, but this story is about my visit to my family farm in Oregon. Many of the same gardening scenarios are playing out here in Ohio as well. I will add that I made a killer fresh fermented salsa from my father’s produce! I really should share… but for now, YUM!

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