My kitten Hunter is my most loyal volunteer these days - he shows up for every threshing session within moments of set-up. He loves to lay in the material pre- or post- thresh, and I always wish I had my camera to capture the orange ball of fluff snuggling down in the orange-colored chaff or straw. The picture above is un-threshed buckwheat. We finished the buckwheat but are still working on the flax - the one last grain threshing push. After that it's smooth sailing finishing up the bean harvest and pulling in the corn and one more row of potatoes. The end-of-summer perfect weather has been a joy for the second year in a row. I get sick of watering my garden but for grain and seed harvest, you couldn't ask for anything better.
Organizing and packaging for the CSA is another matter! So many details to take care of before getting the first distribution into peoples' hands at the end of the month! It is difficult to stay inside and spend time on the computer during a beautiful day in September - my favorite month - but I need to finish writing up storage and cooking information, make labels, and the rest. I will be excited when it is November and it is all done, but then again, this is the high season - squeezing in as many high-country adventures as possible amongst the business is my ultimate goal. Yesterday was a beautiful day in the mountains, and I feel rejuvenated and ready to continue with the full days of farming...
Krista is a life-long resident of Whatcom County, Washington State. She has been gardening and farming in the area for over 15 years.