I left Hollengold Farm one week ago today as the days continue to grow colder and farming season creeps toward completion. What’s crazy is that the day I left, November 22nd, I harvested pounds upon pounds of fresh produce in a frantic I-don’t-wanna-leave-the-farm-and-be-forced-to-shop-at-the-grocery-store-or-eat-processed-foods frenzy. What did I harvest? Collared greens; Tuscan (dinosaur) kale; red cabbage; turnips; candy cane, yellow and red beets; kohlrabi; leeks; green onion; parsley and thyme. What else was out there? Green cabbage; Brussels sprouts; rutabagas; red and daikon radishes; broccoli; parsnips; carrots; Red Russian kale; rosemary and tarragon. I’m sure I’m forgetting at least a handful of vegetables amazingly still growing on Hollengold Farm despite December being just days around the corner.
It’s really quite humbling to witness the tenacity and endurance of an organic vegetable garden amidst nightly frosts, bitter cold winds, and the anticipation of snow upon waking each morning.
Here are some pictures of the farm as we added a fresh layer of mulch to many of its beds and began to put the garden to bed for the winter.