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.
This is my final monthly review of the farm for 2014, combining the months of November and December. November starts out with a hard push to get the fields ready for winter before the rains render the fields too wet to enter with the tractors.
After a couple of weeks the workload slows down considerably, and I switch modes to winter maintenance and planning and preparing for the next farm year.
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.
August is a transitional month here at the farm. The planting is done and we are starting to focus on our big fall season. The days are long and hot, but our minds are looking ahead to October, when most of our visitors come to the farm. In addition to the fall Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and other fall activities, we also greet quite a few kids and teachers to our Pumpkin Farm Tours.
I am writing this in January instead of late August as I intended. Although I took the photographs, I somehow never found the time to write this up. Here is a bit of what happened on the farm in August.
It seems that the more activity we have going on at the farm, the less writing I do.
We have completed a very busy and eventful season since I last sent out our farm newsletter. On many occasions during that time I have paused to think that I should be writing about this in the newsletter or blog, but then another urgent matter would crop up and I would be off and running again. Now that I have some time to reflect on the year, I am thinking about how to schedule time for writing so it doesn’t always stay near the bottom of my To Do list. You may see more short posts and (even) less polish, but I will endeavor to be more timely with communications in the next year. Continue reading Thanks: One of many→
This is the first of a new series of articles where I give an update on what is going on at the farm. With one exception, I took all of these photos today (July 3).
Every day the plants are bigger and I find new things to see. Our crops are all planted and now we are focusing on weeding and on preparing for the upcoming Lavender Celebration weekends (July 11-13 and 18-20).
The vining crops are starting to blossom. We see flowers in the pie pumpkins, Jack O Lanterns, gourds, and the winter squash fields. Most of these have bright yellow-orange flowers, but the big hard gourds are have these beautiful frilly white flowers. Continue reading Farm and Field Today: July Edition→
I chose just ten highlights to discuss from the many stories of 2013 at Dr. Maze’s Farm. Since I have combined them all into one post, the post is very long. They are listed in alphabetical order. Read on to learn about the Giant Chair, naked seed pumpkins, distillations, our labyrinth, the big Goat Walk field maze, and more.