I realized this morning I haven’t blogged for a bit. Oopsie-daisy! Well between just the general summer craziness of crops, and irrigation, and bugs, and vacations, and summer camps, and fair….days have been flying by!
There have been lots of cool things going on with the farm this year however. As a matter of fact, we are on the Whidbey Island Farm Tour this year (Willowood hasn’t been on the tour since 2010 I believe) and we will get a chance to show off some stuff then. The Farm Tour is the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22nd and is a great way to check out what’s going on in the local ag scene on Whidbey Island! http://www.whidbeyfarmtour.com
In general, we are in the mid summer “transition” stage. Waiting for much of all the “big” harvests to begin. The ones we wait for ALL season. And by that I mean potatoes, dry beans, onions, winter squash. We’ve started pulling early onions and potatoes of course, but the big dig and curing is yet to come. We have finished up nearly all the garlic harvest (phew) and starting next week we will begin the process to distribute our seed garlic. We plan to have a lot of seed garlic available at the Farm Tour btw….although we seem to have more and more AND MORE demand for seed garlic every year so I fear it is going to fast fast fast!
The winter squash looks to be our best crop ever. I love harvesting winter squash (and am somewhat famous for trying to kill my crew with my haphazard “tossing the squash” method of clearing the field. But hey it’s fun, and gotta live up to my reputation!).
Meanwhile this week I’m hanging out at the Whidbey Island Area Fair (what IS with that name anyways???). But don’t let the somewhat awkward name throw you…it’s a great little county fair. http://www.whidbeyislandfair.com
I grew up at the fair showing my dairy cows. And now my kids are in cat 4-H! Like I did, they LOVE the fair. And really, what kid doesn’t? I’m also finding that while exhausting, it’s really a great time. And I really do love 4-H. What a great program for teaching kids responsibility, public speaking, confidence, group participation, individual goal setting and all the things we want our kids to learn. If you haven’t checked it out yet, run down to the fair today or tomorrow. It’s a lot of fun! And make sure to check out my daughter’s prize winning cats – Pup and Pi in the Cat Barn!
Well….time to eat at least one somewhat healthy (not fair food) meal and off we go back to the fair. Paige and Morgan meanwhile, are headed with the veggie van to the Bayview market loaded down with lots of veggies. Including…
* Poblano peppers * Heirloom Tomatoes * Beets * Radishes * Summer Squash * Beans * Parsley * Celery * Kale * Chard * Potatoes * Onions * Bulb Fennel * Cucumbers * Carrots * Broccoli * Spinach * Kohlrabi * Cabbage and more!
So hope to see you at market and at the fair!
Farmer Georgie, Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie