My summer on the farm went by in a blur of sunrises, dirty nails, and tomatoes.  It's been a little hard to believe that the harvest season is finally over, but seasons always change.  Thank goodness.

Don't get me wrong!  I really did love the farm, but something in my bones knew it was time to rest.  There is a season for harvest, and a season to lie fallow.  Now, in these first weeks of November, we've had our first heavy snow and the last crisp leaves just barely cling to the branches.  
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photo courtesy Mo McKenna
Autumn has a muted tenor to it...
a softening of summer's garish colors and hectic pace.

The months bringing home 20-pound boxes of tomatoes and bags full of hot peppers are done, as are the weekends spent feverishly canning salsa, pickled jalapeños, tomato sauce...
Fall has a different set of tasks... foremost, to rest.  After my last day at the farm, I spent the next three weeks of my 'funemployment' drinking tea, watching silly movies, reading, journaling, and sleeping 10-hour nights.  Granted, I was also nursing a cold, but the self-imposed rest was a perfect end to a summer spent saturated in hard work.

There is still work to be done, but of a different nature:
Last week, I secured a Winter CSA share from a local farm to split with a friend. 
Yesterday, I took inventory of all my preserved foods from the summer. 
Today, I'll start making bone broth from several stewing hens, elder laying chickens from a farm two counties north.
In the weeks to come, I plan to set up indoor greens-growing (gotta have some chlorophyll over the winter!): plant cilantro on my windowsill, revive my sprouting jar, and maybe even try my hand at micro-greens.

So, farewell to summer, and to my time at the farm. 
Here's to the first signs of winter, a bit of rest, and a stocked pantry...
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photo by yours truly...
a lovely moment at the farm's end-of-season celebration
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