As we turn the corner into late-fall with the arrival of November, the farm is awash in color—from the beautiful fall leaves fluttering to the ground in bright scarlet and yellow hues from our collection of Gingko chesnut, oak and maple trees, to the crisp and colorful apples, pears and grapes finishing up their growing season. The birds are busy feasting on the dark purple Evergreen huckleberries in the garden, as well as the bright orange rose hips, and we are busy harvesting the last of the bright red tomatoes from the hoophouse before the first frost.
As this first week of November brings us some much needed rainfall (the trees and ferns are happily drinking up every drop!), we are catching up on some indoor chores in and around the barn to prep for the upcoming winter, also ducking into the creamery to check on our current batch of cheese, which is ripening and aging in the cave. We are also taking advantage of the wet days by finishing putting up the last of those harvested tomatoes—this fall, we have preserved over 900 pounds of juicy, ripe tomatoes in big batches of our Nonna Pat’s tomato sauce. The orchard apples are also making their way into apple sauces and apple butters, and we are also setting aside spiced pears and beets.
And as much as we don’t mind the rain, our beloved gaggle of goats couldn’t disagree more, as they despise getting wet! On rainy days then, you’ll find our very tame and social goats hanging out in their barn, and now that they have all day to dream it up, they seem to be up to even more mischief than usual. They are a curious bunch, keeping their eyes on both what we are up to and all the goings on at the farm.