Well, in blog world, we skipped right over summer. But that’s how it feels in real life, too - summer is over so fast, sometimes it feels like it barely happened.
Above all, this was the summer of our first child; playing, rocking, eating, sleeping, smiling, crying, squealing, grabbing, snuggling, carrying, singing, reading, fretting, laughing, wondering, loving, growing, learning, changing, growing, learning, changing, growing, learning, changing, and loving some more - always, always loving.
Yes, this little one was our summer.
We did grow a garden for ourselves, enjoying fresh cucumbers and sweet cherry tomatoes, pickling and preserving lots, freezing some things for the winter.
We also did a lot of thinking and planning for the farm.
Now that fall has arrived, we are really gearing up to get things ready for the launch of our farm next season. We’ll be growing a plethora of vegetables to sell at the Strathroy Farmers Market, at a farmstand on the farm, and through an exciting new customizable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Veggie Box!
To get ready, Alex has been busy in the field making our raised beds, loading them up with composts, and planting in a cover crop so they aren’t empty throughout the winter. The cover crop prevents erosion, helps make various nutrients more available to our future crops, and keeps all the busy microorganisms in the soil happy over the winter.
We’ll also be planting 80lbs of garlic this fall!
Yes, summer has flown by into autumn. And in our minds, we are already racing towards the upcoming spring. But the change in season also gives us pause - the coolness in the air catching our breath; the bright colours catching our eyes. This spring, summer, and fall were a last rest, a last preparation, before we start farming full time. It’s been a blessing to spend it in this state of dreaming, and soaking in our new roles as parents, the new life that has become our life. Next spring the new adventure of our first farm season in Strathroy awaits.