It is a fitting end to a season that started with a rainy and cold spring. Last night we sat at our final market under our trusty, newly repaired (thanks Spink!) tent getting soaked by the driving rain and wind. We had made the commitment to sell at the LEAF Harvest Fest and had a number of pre-orders (pretty much everyone picked up too), so we decided, despite better judgment, to make the trek outdoors. The other guest vendors were right there with us until night fell and the gusts became too much to hold the tents down.
Below are a few pictures of the farm. Thankfully we harvested everything before the deluge and maybe we will have some beds continue to produce when it dries out a bit. You can see the standing water pooling everywhere in our already drenched plot. The mostly clay soil offers terrible drainage, which is why we are installing more raised beds. Raised beds come with a known up front investment and yield higher quality produce than our SPIN beds which we are constantly amending with compost, broad forking, tilling and picking rocks from. We build 4′ x 12′ x 8″ beds and fill them with a combination of Sweet Peat, compost, topsoil and sand. Total cost per bed is about $100 and labor is significantly less than digging into the soil. Plus our results have been better in the raised beds.