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Farm News from Patty

It’s been a wet week at the farm. We’re appreciating both the sunshine and the cooler, clear air today. The veggies still say “summer” but there are definite hints of fall around. The goldenrod is in full bloom. Flocks of geese are flying overhead more and more often. The fall raspberries, although significantly diminished by the deer, are ripening. Summer squash is on its way out and winter squash is finishing on the vine. (It looks to be a good crop!) The red onions and shallots are in the greenhouse curing and we hope to get a good chunk of the yellow onions in from their field cure over the next couple of days. Saturday’s crew clipped the stems on the cured garlic and we’re now sorting out about twenty-five percent of it for seed to be planted in October. A final check was made on the bee hives by beekeeper Bob and David. Next step: honey harvest. Sweet!

There are just a few things left on the racks for transplanting – a round of spinach, a planting of pac choy, and a Japanese green called komatsuna. We’ve also got some recently planted Japanese turnips, arugula, and a braising mix that have germinated nicely. These, if they do well, will add some freshness to the fall bags of root crops. Cross your fingers.

Other fall treats that seem to be doing well are leeks, celeriac, parsnips, watermelon radishes and Brussels sprouts. You don’t need to get out those recipes just yet – but it won’t be long!

In the meantime, do enjoy the bounty of tomatoes and basil and sweet peppers, and eggplant and beans and cucumbers. David is nudging us along this week to get some preserving done. With his encouragement, we’ll get the canner out have at ‘er. I know we’ll appreciate it this winter!

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The final video for this season from Larry & Katy. Many thanks to the videographers!!


PICTURES WANTED!
Spring Hill’s Community
Events Committee is in
search of pictures taken
at Spring Hill over the last 25 years. We’ll show them at our Harvest Dinner. Mail to
Sue Poore, 7244
Newton Ave S., Richfield, MN. 55423. Note of year
taken would be nice. Digital pictures can be uploaded.


SPRING HILL EVENTS
2016
Sunday, September 25th – Fall Work Day
Saturday, November 5th - Harvest Dinner


MISSION
To be a sustainable farm that provides for the land, the farmers, and a community committed to connecting to their source of food and eachother.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES
• share in the work to create a farm that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable;
• share the risk and share the bounty;
• make decisions together;
• ensure that the size of the farm holds in balance considerations of land, community, and farm viability;
• work together to nurture a friendly and creative community.