And that’s a wrap…
Just like that, our seasonal locations have disappeared. Our crews have cleaned up, disassembled the gazebos, and packed everything away for winter.
On the farm, we have crews in clean up mode as well. There are crews tearing out plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers in our high tunnels and adding that mass to our compost piles. Other crews are hard at work removing the plastic from the tunnels and preparing them for their winter hibernation. Field work is still in full force as we are working the soil, planting some winter cover crops on some fields and adding compost on others to increase the soil nutrients for next season.
We have one final crop to harvest, which would be our soybeans. The process has begun, and if the weather stays nice, we should be done in just a couple of days. Not only is there work to be done outside, but other crews are cleaning out our warehouse and preparing it for winter.
The first two weeks of November are always spent cleaning and tidying up before winter arrives. We have been blessed with incredible weather this fall. Although chilly mornings are here, the weather has been perfect for all the cleanup that needs to occur after a busy season. While a large percentage of our workforce has gone home for the year, we have a fantastic group of people who will stay until November 15th to help with the final cleanup and end of the season projects.
As we close out the 2021 growing season, we are already full steam ahead planning for 2022. While the tempo may be a bit slower at this time of year, there is still a substantial amount of work to be done as the seasons change. Flower orders are being placed, a new greenhouse growing range is currently being built, and of course, we begin planning our seed selection and planting schedule for next season as well. We aren’t just looking ahead, but we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing the past season as well. No two seasons are alike, and we always want to do what we can to make each year better than the last.
So, while you may not see us out and about as much at this time of year, we are still hard at work making sure we can grow for you another season. Thank you all for your patronage throughout the 2021 season. We truly appreciate each and every one of you. We take growing for you very seriously, and can’t wait to see you all in the spring once again.
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