Seasonal Cycles

From the earliest time of man, we have followed the season. Hearkening back to my college anthropology class, from the Ancient Greeks to Mayans, cultures and traditions have built events around the seasonal milestones.

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For us, our seasonal milestone is our annual harvest party. Like other farm operators this is our time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and just getting through one more season – phew! The event was a lot colder than we ever expected—snowflakes were falling on Saturday morning. The hearty souls who made the trek did their utmost to stay warm, and, I hope enjoy themselves. We’ve always hosted the party at the end of September, which coincides with the fall equinox, but the weather’s fairly unpredictable. Two years ago, we had 82 degrees!

These gatherings are nothing too elaborate, but I feel it has the elements for a good end-of-season celebration: good food, drink, and a coming-together of people. Farming can be lonely at times and I so appreciate the opportunity to talk to some of you face to face instead of being a name on my CSA checklist. I also appreciate the opportunity to say “Thank You” for joining us for the summer. I say this each harvest party: CSA member make Lida Farm. Our family can do this only through the willingness of you, CSA members, to sign up with us for a whole season.

In the box:

  • Butternut squash
  • Russet or Mountain Rose Potatoes
  • Pie Pumpkin
  • Black Spanish Radishes and Watermelon Radish
  • Parsnips
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Yellow Onions
  • Garlic
  • Harlson Apples
  • Carnival Squash

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