It has been some time since I have written here. I have been on a long recovery from a severe back injury. I am now working to catch up and get a new year started once again.
For those of you who are wondering, falling down a flight of concrete stairs and fracturing your spine is an experience that I highly recommend that you strenuously avoid. It is now more than eleven weeks since my accident. I still have a month or more before I can expect to be functioning as usual. The good news is that I do expect to heal and get fully back into farming. I will just be a little shorter than I was last year.
I have had help with the animals from some wonderful volunteers. And I would still be lying on my back without the non-stop support and aid of my wife Carol.
Our field crew is back at the farm and has started preparing the ground for planting. The greenhouse is starting to fill with flats of seeds starting to sprout.
As part of my strategy to successfully reach the end of the farm year, we will be reducing our hours during the summer.
We will open the middle two weekends in July for our Lavender Celebration, (July 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19), the first three Saturdays of September (September 5,12,19) as Early Bird days for the Sunflower – Corn Maze, and then every day from Friday September 24 to Saturday October 31 for our big Pumpkin Patch and Maze Fall Harvest Celebration.
I thank you for your support over the years. I hope to see you down on the farm again this year.
Each month on the farm has its own character and feel. After a few years, you start to feel the cycle turn. Every year is different, but much remains similar year after year. As the weather changes so do our tasks and workload. As our crops are planted, tended, and harvested, the population of staff and visitors on the farm ebbs and flows. I enjoy each month as it comes, and anticipate the events of the next.
We work all hard year round to prepare the farm for our big season, September and October. On the farm in September we are concentrating on harvesting winter squash and gourds, starting to prepare the fields for winter, and gearing up for pumpkin season.
September usually has better weather as Summer transitions into Fall. The maze paths are dry and the big sunflowers are at their peak. Even so, October has the force of tradition that keeps people waiting for their farm visits.
This is a bit of a retrospective look back at some of the highlights of September and October at Dr. Maze’s Farm.
It is Seedling Season here on the farm. The starts house is filling up with trays of tiny, growing plants that will soon be planted out into our fields.
At the turn of the year I gather up all the new seed catalogs and chose the crop varieties I want for the year. I consider what grew well, what sold well, how to mix things up so any one failure would be balanced by another success, and what strrikes my fancy. Looking at my records of what we grew in the past years, I make the decisions on what to grow and how many of each.