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Autumn Falls

Hey, everyone, and welcome to October, arguably the best month of the year. It has all of those warm, fallish colors, PUMPKINS, brisk air, and cozy-up-under-a-blanket evenings. I don’t love the cold, and the feeling is mutual, but I do love all the things that come with it, like stoked wood stoves, comfort foods, and hot tea and blankets.

I’d like to say that the busy season is winding down now, too, but that would be a fib. We might not be getting tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden anymore (frost bit them hard), but the beets and carrots are fine, and the potatoes are ready to come out. Our apple trees gave us a record high of three apples this year, but it looks like we’ll have a bunch of squash – a nice change, since last year we didn’t get any. It’s fascinating how one year certain things are lean while others are plentiful, and the next everything switches. Last year we were drowning in peaches, and this year the trees didn’t even blossom.

Anyhoo, the farmers market is still going strong, with more vendors than ever since we changed the time back in July. It’s a neat experience (most of the time??) dealing directly with customers. I really enjoy selling my product directly to people in that setting, and return customers warm my heart. Someday I would love to work for the farm more directly in that manner, with a store and all that jazz, but we’re not quite there yet. Baby steps. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and while it sometimes feels like we’re not getting anywhere, all I have to do is look back at where we’ve come from to see how far we’ve made it. God is good and works all things in his timing.

I’m still ready for the market to be over, though. ? The last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, doing the market on top of my job. I’ve not had time to really devote to writing all summer, and I’d like to get back into the swing of it. Not to mention the start of another round of NaNoWriMo next month! That would be the perfect opportunity to plunge back into writing, and I would love nothing more than to sequester myself and get some words out, but who can say how things will pan out by November? ‘Today’ is about all I can handle!

How have you been spending the last couple of weeks? Do you carve pumpkins? I haven’t done that in a while – makes my hands cold – but I do love seeing them all lit up like lanterns! What’s your favorite fallish pie? Comfort food? We’re looking forward to our annual cider pressing ‘party’?? Nothing beats fresh pressed cider – unless it’s accompanied by a cheese plate! What are some of your harvest-time traditions?

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