Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hello Fall, Goodbye Turkeys

The leaves are changing, the crops are dwindling and the turkeys are gobbling - no more.  I'm sad about the turkeys because they are the most gentle, passive creatures I've encountered on the farm.  I love the sounds they make - peeps, chirps, barks, gobbles - I could listen to them all day!  I also love their curiosity and sweet demeanor.  I feel so at peace sitting in the grass, watching them eat.  I also love their meat covered in cranberry sauce and brie.  Nope, still not a vegetarian.

Taking Bridget and Roy to the butcher was sad as well but we handled it nicely.  Roy turned out to be one tasty lamb, as many of the people who attended the Ottawa Feast of Fields on Sept 13th would agree.  The Amazon's Garden teamed up with Knox Fine Dinning of Moose Creek to produce a tasty organic treat for the crowd of 600 people; braised Roy with cabbage and quinoa tabouli on a crostini.

We delivered our last vegetable boxes for the CSA on Thursday.  Everyone was sad that they will no longer be receiving fresh veggies weekly to their doorstep.  The last market day was Friday - also sad because Jonny and I had a lot of fun working in Maxville every week.  I can't believe our apprenticeship is almost over!  Jonny and I both agree that the past 7 months have been the best of our lives and we have Christine to thank for it.  I'm inspired, enlightened and have a whole new appreciation for life and it's glorious splendor.

Setting up for Feast of Fields


Jonny harvesting spinach for the last CSA boxes of the season
Brussel sprouts
Red Curly and Black Russian Kale (looking a little like palm trees)
Our final planting of spinach, arugula, lettuce and carrots
Jonny & Ralph cuddling in the packing shed
Fall delights for our final market day in Maxville

My buddies taking a ride in the Ranger

Goodbye friends!
Healthy Hands
 The frost is on its way so we've covered the peppers and eggplants with a porous blanket called row cover.  This will keep the air underneath a degree or two above the temperature outside.  The brassicas can withstand a bit of frost but I plan on harvesting the rest of those brussel sprouts soon so I can blanch and freeze them for the winter.  The tomatoes never ended up looking great this year because of the blight and unfavourable weather conditions (rain, rain and more rain) but I did manage to make a couple of nice sauces.  We still have potatoes to dig up and carrots, which will taste sweeter after a frost.  The next thing on the list to learn is preserving vegetables for the winter.  I've loved shopping in my own backyard - I hope shopping in my freezer is just as fun, although I have my doubts...
Happy Thanksgiver!

1 comment:

  1. Aw, the turkey lurkeys getting in the truck! That's so sad! I'm sorry to see the summer go. Now what? What are you guys up to in the winter?