Blitz harvest of winter squash, an exhilarating way to get the fruit out of the field
Ian and I were putzing along on Tuesday, as farmers can at the end of September. Things slow down enough that there's finally a chance to read the newspaper and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning before starting the days chores. We worked on preparing the root cellar for storage, harvested some pumpkins, picked up the butchered chickens, and ate a leisurely lunch. By the time we delivered the pumpkins to Eco Gardens at 5 that evening, we learned of the string of rainy days ahead-oh no! All of a sudden it became imperative that we get the winter squash out of the field AND cover crop the melons, carrots, beets, and pumpkins. And the sun had already started it's descent to the horizon!
We harvested well past sunset and successfully got the squash all out of the field before the rains started. I've written about the rush of accomplishing a task before the weather sets in in newsletters in the past, but it sure is exhilarating to say the least! I'm not saying that I like to give 150% ALL the time, but every now and then is a thrill. It was a great way to spend my last day of mobility before I went into surgery for my ruptured achilles tendon on Wednesday.