When you start waking up to frosty mornings, fixing yourself another cup of something warm and throwing on an extra layer, it's time to admit that the season is almost over. Not to mention, the end of season work that has been filling our days for the last few weeks. Things like preparing beds for the following year by lightly tilling them, laying compost and covering with a large tarp for weed suppression. We've been planting lots of over-wintering crops like garlic, and preparing the hoop house with rows of brassicas, onions and hearty lettuce mix. As well as pulling out crops like peppers and summer squash lost to the frost, and covering others that will last a few more weeks. These task feel like a sigh of relief and a breath of fresh air.
With the season coming to a close, the weekly farmers markets are wrapping up this weekend as well. This was the first season we attended the Dixboro market and what a blast it has been! We have met so many new faces and mingled with the community in an intimate way. The market is small, but with many unique vendors to make up for its size. We loved being able to supply a community minutes down the road with our produce and introduce ourselves in a meaningful way. This was also our second season attending the Plymouth farmers market - which is always such a treat. It's great to connect with old friends, chat with new people, and continue to educate the community on what we are doing on the farm. The appreciation from our community warms our hearts, and bring abundant purpose to what we are looking to accomplish at Gateway Farm.
Michelle (pictured here) has been a constant, representing the farm at these markets. Although, you may have also conversed with Teresa, or John on different occasions. These team members bring their own personality to each market and make our booth a fun and inviting place to be. We are grateful for their hard work and their enthusiasm about connecting with the community.
Although our produce will no longer be available at the Plymouth Farmers market or the Dixboro Farmers market, our self service farm stand is still a great outlet for us. We try to keep it stocked with all the seasons offering, and will continue to do so even as the season dwindles. It's a great spot to check out as you're passing by after work, or taking a drive on the weekend.