It’s Time….

…almost…to put the vision of those lovely Golden Rave tomatoes and Tequila Sunrise Bell Peppers to rest until next summer. I know, I know — a hard thing to do. This summer has been a challenge, both for producers and the market itself. Valiant efforts were put forth by producers in their attempts to grow quality produce in the intense heat, while simultaneously battling hordes of critters intent on sucking the very life out of everything in sight. All of the aforementioned caused both producers and the Market to hold their collective breath to see if produce and consumers would survive. It’s with some relief to be able to say that “some of both” survived quite nicely — not as much as we would have liked, but hey, it is what it is. It has been a wild ride this summer. A friend sent me an em the other day of anonymous “thought-provoking” sayings, one of which said something to the effect that “it isn’t always about fixing something that is broken — that sometimes, it’s about starting over and creating something better.” How timely that em was because that’s where the market is at this point in time. You may have noticed the BIG green sign in front of the market this past weekend. that says the market is closed until this Saturday. I’ve been taking a little R&R to see if I could revive some of my more creative juices, and perhaps begin the journey of creating a new and better vision for the market. I believe and, I hate to admit it, quite honestly, that in order for the market to survive, the road less taken is going to have to be looked at rather sharply. To that end, all suggestions are truly welcome. So are volunteers. It really does taken a village, donchaknow. For now, the market hours will be Saturday and Sundays only, with special order pickups on alternating Mondays and Tuesday, from 4-6.

Looking forward to hearing from you all. Hope to see you Saturday. Thanks to the great weather we’ve been having, there will be lots of fresh green beans, curly kale, beautiful eggplant, and squash. I’m told that in a few weeks there will be one last “hurrah” of tomatoes and cucumbers before the weather begins to really turn. Apparently, the broccoli and cauliflower plants are doing exceedingly well, also thanks to the weather changes. Doncha just love it when a plan comes together!!