November…. is….finally….here. Apple harvest season is winding down, and collectively we all take one big deep breath as our busy season ends. As a farm family, seasonality is very normal for us. However, every year it is still a struggle to complete the harvest tasks on time. Each harvest year brings its own set of challenges and this one has been no different. Our family has grown and harvested more fruits and vegetables this year than ever before. A bumper crop is something to celebrate, now that all of the hard work is over. We’ve picked over 450,000 bushels of apples and 100,000 bushels of peaches. Our garden continued to produce vegetables all of the way through October, which was a nice surprise.
Our customers will notice that this year we’ve decided to leave our farm market open on Sundays in November. We’re making this decision because last year we noticed lots of folks coming out to buy apples on Sundays, only to find us closed. The apples are in peak condition in November and everyone is wanting to purchase fruit for baking or canning this time of year. We want to make sure you’re able to enjoy our fruit and bring your Thanksgiving guests out to see us.
This month we’ll begin to reflect upon our season, making notes about what worked well and what we’d like to change for next year. Bonds among co-workers and customers strengthen as we all can relax a little and chat a while longer. The market will get a good clean, and then we begin to prepare for holiday orders, citrus fruit, and greenery sales. The scent of the farm market this time of year signals a change in the lineup. It’s usually a combination of apples, hot apple cider, fresh pies, and holiday citrus. A short spurt of holiday craziness is right around the corner. But for now, we have 3 weeks of relaxation to revive and renew us.
Now is perhaps the best time to say how thankful we are for our customers. Each season we are blown away by the community support and customer enthusiasm that we experience. Making our guests happy is number one for us. All of the changes you see at our farm are in response to requests and comments that you’ve made. Again, thank you for letting us do what we love! Take care and enjoy your rest time as well.
Katy Orr-Dove, Market Manager