The Transitions of Fall
By Gracelynn Lau
October has been the month of harvesting, celebrating, bedding down for the winter, transition and saying good-bye! Like the changes of the weather, the colour and shape of our garden have also been changing fast. Over two weeks our fall crops are booming in abundance: kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard and 4 varieties of kales are taking over the upper garden; Meanwhile, we are wrapping up the last harvest of the heirlooms tomatoes in the greenhouses. Winter squashes and giant pumpkins of various kinds are popping up from the middle garden beds. The farm team has been inviting to a number of community gleaning projects from our friends and neighbors, bringing back over 3 hundred pounds of apples, pears, plums and grapes in the Zero Mile Eatery. When it’s sunny, our team would be bedding down the garden; when it’s rainy we kept our hands busy juicing, canning, drying fruits, making cider and vinegar.