Today was bittersweet. Nehemiah and I headed off to the farmers market bright and early. We stopped at one of our favorite vendors, Yang’s Organics. This lovely couple has a beautiful family and have been able to provide our family with amazing chemical free goodies all summer long. Yang and his wife became our friends and no matter how many times I would tell them that it’s not necessary, they always send us off with a veggie gift. I was so sad today as Yang told me that this was his last week. His wife will be there next week selling the last of their squash. I made sure to take a picture of Yang with his lovely wife!
There are only two more weeks left of market. We are blessed, however, that there will be one more day in Novemeber and one in December before closing until May of 2010. I’m still sad as I enjoy my weekly venture to the Market. But, our farmers do need their rest!
On the way home from the market, Nehemiah and I did our normal stop at my gardens. Well, the season for me is over as well! We picked the last of the tomatillo’s and brussel sprouts.
As sad as it is to put your garden to rest after an amazing season, the rest is definitely needed. Within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be pulling everything up, laying compost and leaves over my plots and sending them off to sleep for the winter ahead!
I did learn so much from this year and am already looking forward to starting my seedlings in March. Next year, I’ll have an extra plot for my spring garden and completely doing an overhaul on my community plot. I need to add about a couple tons of dirt to avoid flooding in June. I’ll be rotating all of my crops and hopefully we’ll have the heat that we lacked this year. As soon as I tend to my plots and hopefully get to planting garlic here in the next week, I’ll post a whole new spring garden plan for the year to come!
I do have a question I’d like to ask of you. I’d like to make some gifts to give to my favorite farmers market vendors. I am so appreciative of everything that they do, that I’d like to give them something that says Thank You so much for such an amazing season!! They put so much time, energy and passion into growing chemical free and providing my family with nourishing food, that I’d like to make something special just for them. Any ideas?? Keep in mind that I’m a graphic designer. Maybe food related, maybe design related, sewing related?? I don’t know, lol!! Feel free to share!
Have a great weekend!!