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The Summer Season has come to an end. It’s been a hard season for us. The late, late spring and lack of summer heat made growing tricky. Our winter squash yield is 1/3 of what it was last year, and last year wasn’t great either. What is the solution? More greenhouses or less squash? We will decide this winter, but I really enjoy eating squash in the winter, so it’s not a hard choice. We have the biggest crop of roots that we’ve had in years though, and a beautiful crop of broccoli that we will be able to harvest for several more weeks. And a big cabbage patch, full of swelling….cabbages.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the summer season, and if you’re not continuing on with us through the winter season, we hope you will be back next season. Every year we learn more, and every year there are new challenges. This is the ongoing learning experience that is farming.
The hens haven’t laid an egg in weeks. They are molting. I like to think of it as genetic memory—just like their migrating relatives, they need to shed their old feathers in the fall and grow a new, strong set. Growing feathers takes a lot of energy and protein—what are feathers but protein? Eggs are protein, too, and a girl can’t make feathers and eggs at the same time. Besides, why would you want to hatch babies in the coldest part of the year. And that is what egg-laying is all about. Making babies. So, usually there are few eggs in the fall and winter, unless you leave the lights on them all day and night. But then they never get a rest, and they burn out. But watch out in the spring, because they come back from egg-laying vacation ready to make up for lost time. Then we eat eggs every day.
If you still have an egg punch card, you can keep it and use it next spring. They don’t expire. If you really need a refund, we’ll be able to take care of it in February.