Fall sights around the farm

The trees along the creek are glowing with fall foliage

Have you noticed? It’s fall now. More than just fall — it’s October, which brings with it all its own unique sights and glories. Brilliant foliage. Spooky decorations. Fall harvests. The wrapping up of another CSA season. Yes! Next week (October 18) is our final week of the 2018 season! Have you signed up for 2019 yet? You can do so at pick-up this week, or drop me a quick email.

But in the meantime, for this week’s newsletter, I thought I’d share with you some of the very fall sights we’ve been seeing here on the farm and out and about:

The first of this year’s jack-o-lanterns. Dottie’s is front; Rusty’s behind. The kids always carve several sets over October — I guess that’s the perk of living on a farm that grows pumpkins! (No cats were harmed in the carving, by the way … I think he’s just napping. BUT, I do believe several apples were consumed!)

Speaking of Halloween, we put up some spooky decorations this year, at the kids’ request. Casey and I would be content with all the natural seasonal stuff: acorns, pumpkins, leaves, etc. But ghosts and skeletons are fun too.

Last week we went for a hike at Miller Woods in the rain! It was a great way to remind ourselves that our outdoor life doesn’t have to end when the seasons turn cold and wet … we just have to make sure we’re appropriately outfitted so we can stay comfortable and continue to enjoy ourselves. Also, the misty woods are simply gorgeous.

Like I said: warm clothes! Oh, and we found a mushroom! Western Grisette, I think.

The rough-skinned newts were also enjoying the rainy forest. We saw several crossing the path.

Last Friday, we also built our first fire of the fall! And, then Rusty built a nest in front of it.

October on Grand Island means that it’s Heiser’s season. We visit the pumpkin patch almost every weekend. It’s one of the few destinations in our life that we can actually walk to (which the kids and I did this Sunday).

The BIG slides at Heiser’s are super fun!

Shortening days also means that I’m now often starting my morning walk before the sun comes all the way up. Safety first!

One more week, everyone! Enjoy this week’s vegetables!

Your farmers, Katie & Casey Kulla

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Meet this week’s vegetables:

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Delicata squash
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Pie pumpkins
  • Salad
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Peppers — Sweet and hot
  • Carrots
  • Beets — Time to make “root parade”! What is root parade? That’s when you line up all the “roastable” vegetables (heavy on the roots) in your house on your counter (making a parade) and then chop them up and roast them together! You might just call this roasted fall vegetables. We call it root parade. Beets are a great ingredient, along with delicata squash, carrots, potatoes, and onions!
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
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