FrostOctober 6, 2011
Frost has finally reached us. It is amazingly beautiful, all the grass coated with silver, and the clover looks like something you would find in a china cabinet. Although it does mean the end of the green season and the beginning of brown I can’t help but love the way it looks even as it ends the life of my melons and flowers.
With the help of Josh’s mom we were able to get all our winter squash picked, dry beans, field tomatoes, and melons yesterday. Our winter-squash harvest was pretty pathetic, we left them to do their squashy thing in the orchard but the brambles and golden rod proved to be the stronger plants and they grew a bit scrawny and produced only a few tiny fruits. Thankfully all our tender plants have our high-tunnel over them and we were able to get the walls on last night before it got dark.
It was such a relief to come down this morning and find all our tomatoes and peppers not coated with frost and still green and vibrant.
We have also started our wood-stove. My dad took the forwarder out in the woods monday and brought back a mass of trees for us to burn. We have to work on a shed for our wood, but since we still have a few weeks before the snow really becomes a problem we will focus on rice paddies and propagation tunnels.
Our Rice paddy project is going REALLY well on kickstarter. We are now 85% funded! We’ve been stopped by several people now who recognize us as “the people growing rice.” This is such a thrill because this is exactly what we hoped to accomplish with is project, growing enthusiasm for this great grain potential in Vermont and getting more people harvesting it from their own backyards!
Just an image to leave you with, this was a rainbow that appeared at 7:30 in the morning as the sun was coming up, it was one of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever experienced.