What’s been going on!
Betsy and I were out yesterday morning doing daily tasks like we have done on any number of the thousands of farm mornings over the last four decades, it is automatic, muscle memory type of work. I was pulling radishes, bent over with my left arm on my left knee, supporting my back with the growing bunch in my left hand while my right hand searched for the correct sized root. One, two, three…eight, stand up grab a rubber band from the pouch on my right hip, two wraps around the base of the leaves, set the bunch down, bend over and repeat. A bunch a minute, 80 bunches later I am done for this week- with radishes.
Betsy is in the anemone tunnel next to me, with in the same stance but with a growing armload of flowers in her left arm and a set of scissors in her right hand. Judging each bloom for the right size and quality, sliding to the base of the stem, cut and move to the pile in her left arm. When the load gets too big to carry, she walks them out to the back of the truck which gives her a chance to stand up straight for a minute or two before starting again; an important posture this week as she gets over a muscle pull in her hip. The big difference is she repeats this task every single morning, except for market Saturdays, while the anemones and ranunculus are blooming.
It isn’t really terrible work but as we talk back and forth, we agree that it is one of the many things we will not miss once we retire in 5 weeks. People are increasingly realizing that we are serious about calling it quits and having a hard time believing it will happen so soon when we are at market with a table full of produce and flowers and ask why and how (the how I will talk about in the future) but we are more than ready to move to the next phase or our adventure together. There are so many facets of running your own business and growing on a commercial scale that we relished, enjoyed and embraced over the years but are tired of now or just don’t have the interest in doing anymore and we know that without that drive it is time to stop.
There are things we will miss like regularly seeing everyone at market, having the easy abundance of produce to eat and flowers to fill the house and give to friends but we can replicate most of that with a smaller garden and weekly shopping trips to the market. We are not worried about how we will fill our time, just which thing we want to do first.
Picture of the week
This sort of wild abundance will soon be a thing of the past
What’s going to be at Market?
Do not forget that the hours now start at 7:00 a.m. Don’t let the early birds beat you to market!
Maybe the peak of the gem colored Anemones. The first of the Ranunculus this week too!
Lots of Green Little Gem lettuce, crunchy red Radishes and tender and sweet Japanese Turnips.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Stay safe and well and we hope to see you all at the market soon!
Alex and Betsy
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Please save me 1 bunch little gem lettuce 1 bunch radishes
4 bunches …four! So I can share…anemones I’m going to try to come one last time as have a ride. Looking forward, Betsy Bryan