I was doing my farm run, at dusk, minding my own business. In middle field, where all the field tunnels are, I noticed a funny-looking bird. No, it was a bat. Very surreal, as I haven’t seen a bat here for about 7 years. It was flying around, flapping its distinctive wings, reminding me very much of a cartoon bat. Just in time for Halloween! I hope to see more moving in soon.
I also discovered the beautiful song of white throated sparrows hanging around the barn. I can hear them especially in the early morning. A little encouragement each day as we move into fall and winter work. They have very stunning bright yellow eyebrows and a neat white collar on the front of their neck.
As some other farms prepare to wind down for a winter rest, we are winding up to keep producing all winter. Our fields are full of hardy crops like celery, daikon, kale, and leeks. The greenhouses are full of herbs, and tender greens. The cover crops are covering the soil with rich, emerald green rye and clover. It’s been a heck of a season and we thank all those who have come on the ride with us.