It would appear to be high time for a few special announcements!
First, though, I want to again invite you all to our farm in Copake on the weekend of October 15-16th. There will be a potluck at the grill Saturday night for anyone who wishes to camp, and a potluck lunch at 12:30pm on Sunday before garlic planting begins at 2pm. My parents, and Sam, will be here to greet any Saturday arrivals, and the whole family will join you for dinner, lunch, and garlic! Jon and whoever is available will be welcome to do some work on raising a hoop house Sunday morning at 10am. RSVP to Jen and Jon at LineageFarm@riseup.net
Secondly, I thought you might like a little peak into our garden. Transitions can be hard, as Sam repeatedly teaches me, but I always love the transition into a fall garden. The weed pressure slacks off, the sun sits back a little allowing morning harvest to be a bit less pressed and greens less likely to wilt if we don't run them directly to the shady cold water wash station, and the deliciousness of greens spring back into our lives. I am excited to try the new (to us) winter squash that we have grown this year – Long Island Cheese Pumpkin, though it might be a bit large for some of you! Jon tells me that when he visited Italy many years ago, he would see similar winter squashes at the farmers markets, and people would simply buy a slice off the whole pumpkin, however much they planned to eat that day! So one pumpkin or squash could end up feeding many families! We also have grown some hulless seed pumpkins, so if you'd like to scoop out a few handfuls of delicious green pumpkin seeds (the flesh of the pumpkin's not so tasty, unfortunately. To get the seeds ready, soak them in a salt brine overnight then roast or dehydrate in the oven the next morning, 200 or 300 degrees), just let us know to send one your way. They do make decent short term lanterns, if you enjoy that sort of thing. The small red Radishes and the white salad turnips have also returned with the fresh crispness, and the sweet peppers are finally bearing more plentifully.
We also have some exciting out-of-the-field news to share – another baby will be joining our family this winter! Some of you in Poughkeepsie or Hudson or Copake may have wondered recently, and yes indeed I am pregnant with our second baby. We are very happy, and so far everything has gone quite smoothly. Sam talks on and on about the baby in my belly, which sometimes he will proclaim is now in my leg, or in his belly, or is crying, or is happy. Or even once apparently the baby was outside playing with the chickens!
My other news is that I have started a teacher training course on Saturdays. I have just had one class so far, and it was lovely. While on the one hand I continue to immerse myself in the farm, and love learning more and more about faithful stewardship of this land, I am also thrilled to be opening this new door in my life, and look forward to someday in the next few years starting a small farm school or teaching at a local Waldorf school initiative. Sam, and future baby, have had quite an impact on me, and I want to continue our co-learning throughout their childhoods.
Please RSVP for the Farm Visit weekend, letting us know which day/s you will be here!
Towards the sunset of this season, and the rise of the next,
Jen, Jon, and baby Sam