Our main season CSA is drawing to a close with our last main season pick-up coming up on Tuesday, October 7th. Charlotte has already left for the season and Brandon and Caitlin will be heading out on the 14th. Jayme is going to stay and hold the fort here while we go to the wedding of Andy, a past apprentice, in Cape Breton. We are squeezing in a trip between the end of the main season CSA and the beginning of our Fall CSA on Saturday, October 25th.
The American Suffolk Horse Association Annual Meeting, held here in September, went well despite the cold wet weather at the beginning. Everyone who attended especially enjoyed participating in and watching the obstacle course. It was great to have the breeders and directors from far and wide come and celebrate the Suffolk Horse. Ken enjoyed show casing what we have been able to do here using our Suffolk Punch horses. Our apprentices were appreciated as voices of young teamsters. The youngest teamster came from eastern Ontario, a 12 year old enthusiast, who was not intimidated by the big horses and was driving teams around.
Our sweet potatoes yielded very well, especially considering the cooler summer we have had. We put them in one of our hoop houses to cure as we have done in the past. It takes warmth to get the sweet potatoes to turn sweet. However, this year with our unseasonable hot weather the end of September it caused sun scald on the sweet potatoes. Needless to say I felt sick about it when I realized what had happened! As a result, we are giving them all out as quickly as possible and asking people to use them up right away. Do not put them in the fridge, as they don’t like cold. I made a delicious sweet potato pie with homemade sweet potato ice cream and a sweet potato soup. They were all excellent.
We have decide to keep both Ned and Queen to help us and our apprentices get started next spring while Eli and Sandy continue with their training. We now have 9 horses and only 7 stalls. Brandon took on the task of building two portable horse stalls that we will put in the south lean to of the middle barn for Ned and Queen for the winter. It is made out of solid ash timber that the horses pulled out of the woods and Ken milled on our saw mill. The Emerald Ash Borer is here and we have had to harvest a lot of ash…
It feels like we are wrapping up the season in a hurry. Our potatoes, both regular and sweet are dug. The squash and pumpkins are gathered in and the onions are cured. Our garlic is separated ready for planting next week. The fall grain and cover corps are all planted and the hay is finally all done. We had the best haying weather of the season the end of September! We also planted the hoop houses to fall greens for the Fall CSA. Lots of loose ends are being gathered up before our apprentices leave. Now we just have some potting soil to mix up to be ready for the late winter greenhouse transplant starts.