Wednesday nights are our CSA delivery in Greeley. About 4 weeks ago, I started working for 4 hours in the middle of every Monday, Wednedsay, and Friday, and that complicated the Wednesday night drop quite a bit.
Those first few weeks were crazy. I mean, like, I can't actually believe we pulled them off kind of crazy. But then the flower shares ended. And the field started to be a bit less abundant. And yesterday, for the first time, I was able to get the entire harvest in by myself before the kids got home from school. Not only that, but since I harvested some of the largest cauliflower heads we've ever grown, I got to make some cauliflower gratin for dinner to confirm that even though they were gigantic, they were also delicious. They were. And the head I chose to use made about 7 cups of chopped cauliflower all on its own. Often, I am delivering vegetables that I haven't tasted at all due to the amount of time spent harvesting and getting them out to others, and it's a real treat when that is not the case.
So this morning was very calm. The pre-pack shares are sorted and in the cooler, and the chalk board is finished, and everything is set and ready so that when I return home, it will be quite easy to load the truck and go.
I wish we could find a way to solve our labor problem so that the pace of high season could get a bit closer to the pace of fall season. This week felt manageable, which is so rarely an adjective that I can use to describe a day during farm season. There was work. . .digging, bending, hefting crates of melons around, irrigation monitoring. . .the work itself is not at all the problem, really. It's more that most days during the season I wake up to something that doesn't feel manageable at all. . .something more frantic and impossible. But these weeks in fall make me hopeful that someday, in the future, we'll have a manageable farm. I don't mind so much a busy farm, in fact, if you aren't busy during the season, you're doing it wrong, you know. But a manageable sort of busy feels so much better than a chaotic busy.
Either way, though, those are some beautiful and delicious veggies going out today, and I'm very proud of them.