Here we are, in the midst of our final week of shares! Honestly, when we were in the middle of this year's drought, I never thought we could make it all the way to the end of the season with reasonably-sized shares. It feels like a miracle.
Our last share pick up will be this Saturday, November 10.
Next week (probably Tuesday) we will be harvesting strictly for donation, mostly to Salvation Army and Reston Interfaith. If you would like to join us, we would love your help. We're not sure yet which days we will be harvesting, so if you'd like to make sure you are coming to help harvest rather than mulch garlic, give us a call first at 301-537-3038. Next week we will also be emailing you a survey to find out what you liked and didn't about your shares this past year.
Next weekend, beginning November 16, you are welcome to the farm to glean whatever remains in the fields. There will at least be lots of greens and herbs, and I have been told more than once by members in years past that they were eating salads from our farm's greens all the way through December. Do you really want to get caught buying salad greens from the supermarket for Thanksgiving? That would be silly. We will post what's available on this weblog on November 15th, so feel free to check here if you would like to know in advance what you plan to pick before you come. We'll post maps and signs around the farm to help you find what you're looking for.
Then the farm staff will take a much-needed break. We'll resume making plans for next year, putting everything away for the winter, fixing up the new greenhouse, and lots of other chores after Thanksgiving. Then Rob and I are expecting a baby in mid-January. We're anticipating that this might delay when we send all of our returning members an invitation to sign up for 2008 shares. So look for that in February. New members will be invited to join by April. Then 2008 shares will begin in mid-May!
So that's the plan, at least. We'll see you soon, I hope!