Fall is a very busy time on any farm. At Sunrise Gardens we’ve been harvesting beets and carrots the last few weeks, and planting our delicious garlic for next year. The friends and family who came out to volunteer helped us get things done, and have a good time while we did it. Thanks to everyone! We’re finally finished with these tasks, and just about ready to breathe a sigh of relief (or fall over). But before we rest, and start diving into our winter book selections, there is still a lot to do. We have mixed greens in greenhouse 2 and celery in greenhouse 1 that we’ll bring to market for the next couple of weeks. (We’ll have indoor-grown mixed greens at market all winter, but there will be no more celery soon.)
The fields have to be cleaned up, and the black geo-fabric we use to reduce weeds has to be rolled up and stored. Then, there’s a bunch of tasks to winterize the greenhouse. We have to clear out the extra pots and other unnecessary things. We need to add compost to the beds to replenish the soil with organic matter, then we’ll water the beds thoroughly and cover them with straw. The water tanks must be emptied and the pumps and hoses will be stored along with the other tools we won’t need until next year. Kate and Dawn will also start thinking about the learnings from this year and how to refine our operation for next year. After a challenging fall, everyone is really looking forward to slowing down a little!