A Fall Frame of Mind

Fall really is my favorite time of year. As a farmer I love it because I start to see the fruition of many of our endeavors, and anything that didn’t work out? Well, it’s too late to worry about now anyways so might as well regulate that to the “will do better next year category.” But I also love the colors, the temperature, even the “smell” of fall as cooler nights and rotting leaves intermingle with the enveloping warmth of a sunny fall afternoon.
And of course some of my very favorite veggies come on in the fall. Beans, the fabulous beans. Winter squash. I would grow it just for the fabulous colors and shapes. The fact that they taste great is just a big huge bonus for me! Corn – oh, so fabulous. The sweet kind and the outstandingly beautiful ornamental corn. And of course the endless amounts of garlic and potatoes. Food to feed the masses.

We are just starting to get into the fall season, and I’m anticipating a lovely one this year. Lots yet left to do and many harvests yet to complete. But to start getting everybody into the “fall frame of mind” I thought I would post a few photos taken last season by one of our interns, Tali Aiona. Thanks Tali for these awesome, harvest season photos!
And of course, we are still certainly coming to the Bayview and Coupeville Farmer’s markets tomorrow. Rain or shine – we don’t care what the weather report says, we’ll be there! (There is no such thing as a fair weather farmer, so I expect to see all your chipper faces out there, nevermind the dire predictions of forecasters. Who are they to spoil our fun anyways!). Those that are hearty enough to brave the weather, will be well rewarded with a great selection of fabulous fall treats:
From Willowood Farm:
– Shell Beans! The ever famous Rockwells plus several others.
– Taters, 8 kinds!
– Loads of garlic.
– Summer squash, summer squash!
– And some winter squash too…
– Cabbage. Frightening large. Amazingly good.
– Kohlrabi (repeat above).
– Sweet Corn – organic certified! From our neighbors at Ebey Road Farm
– Cucumbers
– Beets
– Chard
– Sunflower, ornamental corn and other pretty “harvest color” stalks to decorate with…
– Onions, several flavors

From Prairie Bottom Farm
– Amazingly fragrant Dill (seriously, I was putting the horse away 100 yds from the packing shed and I was freaking out that my old quarterhorse had seriously eaten something weird. He smelled like a pickle! Then I realized they were bunching the dill 100 feet away. Those bunches throw a powerful pickling punch, I tell you…).
– Semi-savoy spinach
– Mixed salad greens
– Baby carrot bunches
– Scallions
– Lots more summer squash
– Beans

And for those of you coming to the Bayview market, Michael at Whidbey Green Goods is also bringing a nice selection of tomatoes, slicing cucumbers, carrots, plums, figs (I’m really excited about those! I keep trying to plant a fig tree and so far my only success has been at killing them slowly…), and more goodies!
And a final photo from Tali to get everybody hungry…
Happy eating!
Farmer Georgie
Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie

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