We woke up to snow covered mountains on Thursday as we prepared for the last share harvest day of the season. It was a clear sign to me that our growing season is coming to a close. It is bittersweet to see the end of another season. We enjoy serving our community and our family with fresh garden food and feel a great sense of accomplishment with another season under our belts. We wish it could go on longer, yet we are ready for the change of pace. The life of a gardener is a bit like the life of the plants she tends. I feel myself slowing as the growth of the plants slows. I look forward to enriching winter activity, or lack of activity, that will propel me rested and inspired into the next growing season.
We look forward to continuing to provide fresh produce, flowers, herbs, eggs, and poultry next season and hope that we can continue to expand our production to provide even more for this community.
A hearty thanks to all the wonderful members, friends, volunteers, family, and employees that supported us through another successful growing season. And a special thanks to John Cogswell, who generously allows us to operate our farm and provide farm fresh food for this community on his property. We are so grateful for the opportunity we have here. We feel very lucky to have such an awesome community and we couldn’t do what we do without you!
We sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed their experience this season. I will send out a survey out this week to get some feedback on what you all liked and what would make your experience even better.
IN THE SHARES
Garden Share – It’s a heavy one!
gypsy and jalepeno peppers
butternut or buttercup squash
honey crisp apples
UPCOMING HARVEST CELEBRATION EVENTS
You’re Invited to the 4th Annual Pumpkin Patch. October 16, 17, 23 & 24. Saturdays from 10am-4pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Horse-drawn wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, petting zoo, crafts, games &prizes, food and fun for the whole family! Admission is $5 for all the above activities. Pumpkins are $3, $6 and $9 depending on size.
Calling All Bakers
Guidestone is looking for folks who would be willing to donate their baking skills and ingredients to a fundraising bake sale to take place at the Pumpkin Patch Festival. The proceeds of this benefit go to support Farmhands. If you are interested in participating please contact Andrea Earley Coen at farmhandsED@gmail.com for all the details. Your help in baking would be greatly appreciated.
Shed Fest, Saturday, Ocotber 16th, 10am-4pm
Another exciting event on the horizon is Shed Fest. This event is a celebration of the local harvest and one last farmers market before the end of the season. There will be games for kids, lectures and demonstrations, music all day and stay into the evening for The Shed Fest Supper at 5:30pm. Join your farmers, friends and neighbors for a feast of locally grown foods! The meal features imaginatively-prepared tapas by area caterers and a hearty autumn soup made from the fruits of our foodshed. Tickets for the supper are $25. Purchase yours at the Salida or Buena Vista Farmers Markets, or by calling 719-539-8523.