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If last week’s word was mud, this week’s word is transition. Last week’s weather brought us a taste of fall and we’re feeling that transition out of summer and into fall. I don’t feel ready to say “fall” quite yet, but clearly, the days are shorter, the mornings cooler and the angle of the sun has changed. Flocks of geese and cranes have been flying over the farm, the bright shades of green have faded and there’s even the occasional hint of fall color. This week’s bag has a little summer and a little fall in it. We picked a nice assortment of tomatoes and a batch of melons on the same day we picked the first of the fall broccoli and cauliflower. Cucumbers are done for the season and summer squash will be picked for the last time this week just as the first of the winter squash is about ready to pick and begin curing.

Bob (my dad) and Sam, along with Sam’s dad and my sister Sue harvested honey from the three bee hives they keep at the farm. This year, the honey supers were brought to the Beez Kneez folks in south Minneapolis for some bicycle powered extracting! It’s a great set-up they have and, the honey this year looks, and tastes wonderful.

Things are shifting in our household too. We’ve begun preserving food for the winter, canning a little applesauce, roasting and freezing tomatoes, blanching and freezing a batch of beans and gathering supplies for raspberry jam and herb salts. Our daughter Maggie is upstairs as I write packing boxes of clothes and school supplies. On Sunday, we’ll drive her to Madison and she’ll begin her sophomore year at the University. Another transition for Maggie and for us. I keep telling myself it’s all good!

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2015 Events
Sunday, September 27th - Fall Work Day
Saturday, November 7th - 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.