a harvest basket for a friend. parsley, chard, leek, lemon balm, basil, tomatoes, green beans.
one day’s harvest last week, including a few beautiful dragon carrots.
another day’s harvest:
in the orchard:
not *quite* too pretty to eat.
fruit basket! peaches and apples.
Alan, beautiful with the apple basket:
and the basket itself. this is the first year our trees have given us fruit, and everything is bearing this year! we got a rain of apricots in june, and a few cherries, enough nectarines to each have one, and now enough apples to each have one of each kind (jonathans and galas), and this basket of peaches. with the peaches we made two pies!
in the garden:
zinnia & malabar spinach:
corn! we are once again growing Inca Rainbow corn, a sweet corn that dries well for polenta. it’s setting up to be a really nice harvest.
the light, inside the Alice in Wonderland corner of the garden:
i really like harvest baskets.
corn, beans & sunflowers
technicolor cherry tomatoes. these are Isis Candy Cherries, our favorite variety of heirloom snack tomato. they have re-seeded well for us, and they bear abundantly all season. the flavor is incredible. divine candy, indeed.
watermelon vine among the beans
green beans! these are kentucky wonder pole beans.
the garden is also growing Golden Orb Weavers. these beauties are my favorite spider. gentle, enormous, and highly effective predators, they spread their webs across paths and among tall vegetation.
this lovely mama is deep in the Alice in Wonderland garden tangle:
which looks like this from the outside:
and here’s her daughter:
Signs of autumn: this dead butterfly is being eaten by ants.
and if you plant monkey bars, then you will grow monkeys.
Alan excited about the results of a summer of irrigating our field, in which he is cavorting.
goldfish in the aquaponics system:
which now also has a gate that Rev built:
and is the farm’s favorite hangout spot. here are Alan, Rev, Caden and two interns who have worked with us all summer, Justin & Ryan.