Back to School, Back to Work

Poppies and Day Lilies in our new flower beds - August, 2017

Poppies and Day Lilies in our new flower beds - August, 2017

You may have noticed that the Magic Bean Farm has been relatively quiet this season.  Or maybe, like us, you've been running around like a chicken with your head cut off and you haven't noticed our silence at all.  That's cool.  We've been busy too!  Here's the story:  I have a preschooler and a baby and two new, part-time jobs.  So, where are we at?  Is the Magic Bean Farm closing up shop?  No!  We may not have accomplished as much as we would have liked this year, but we still have a lot of great things coming down the pike.  We have the best garlic we've ever grown, and now that the weather is turning, there will be lots of teas available too!  I'm currently working on coordinating a donation of veggies and flowers to the local Senior Center and we've been busy drying more flowers and seedpods to add to holiday wreaths this year.  We even created flower combs and crowns for a wedding!  So fear not, dear friends of the farm, things may be a little different this year, but we're still here and we're still growing!

In order to give you a little taste of what's going down on the farm I have added a few of our new, favorite recipes to our Recipe Blog and I've been trying to update our Instagram and Facebook pages with upcoming recipes, "Today's Bouquet" and of course, pictures of kiddos.

The Magic Bean Farm is committed to working with our community to meet it's needs.  We think that now, more than ever, it's important to listen, work together, and create something wonderful.  Is there something you'd like us to grow? Sell? Donate? Organize?  We can't promise everything, but we love to hear your ideas and we want to work with you.  Drop us a line, because we want to know what you think! 

Happy Fall!

The Queen Bean

Summer Time and Living is...

 
Smiling Pansies in the Garlic!

Smiling Pansies in the Garlic!

 

Well, the living isn't exactly easy.  Hectic?  Magic?  Yeah, let's go with magic! 

As those of you who garden know, it's a really busy time, getting the seedlings into the ground, trying to knock back the weeds so that your garden stands a chance, and warding off hungry critters.  The weather is unpredictable, the school year is coming to a close and it's just a darn busy time.  But there's something about spring and early summer that does create a sort of ease.  Your shoulders relax and you tilt your face sunward for that lovely vitamin D, and there is almost a sigh of relief.  We made it through another winter! Summer is so full of possibility and with all of the growing and blooming it's an exciting time of year. 

The Magic Bean Farm is doing some growing and changing too.  We have a new bean sprout, Ms. Tillie-Bean, my five-month old daughter, so things will definitely be a little different this year.  I've "slowed-down" a little to accommodate the schedule of a baby, but there are still lots of things in the field - radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, squash, cucumbers, peppers - and I just finished planting the carrots today.  So where are we going?  What are we doing?  Right now I'm trying to figure that out.  Oof, It's hard! 

For now, it looks like we'll continue to deliver or coordinate pick-ups for local orders and make the occasional visit up to the Queen City to distribute our flowers and veggies.  I continue to work on our specialty products - check out our herb butters - and teas but I'm still finding my groove and trying to balance the fresh produce to specialty product ratio.  As always, I love feedback, suggestions, requests, etc.  Please drop me a line and let me know what you think.  Feedback is so important to us, in fact, to quote the great, Freddie Mercury:

It's a kind of Magic! 

See you this Summer!

The Queen Bean

Fall Clean-up

The first frost is always awaited with some trepidation when you work on a farm.  If we just had another week, or even a few days that pumpkin could ripen, we could get in one last harvest of tender greens, I could have cut those last beautiful zinnias, I would have rescued those last cherry tomatoes.... But, despite all the things we could have done if we just had a few more days, there is something comforting about the first frost.  The pace of life slows and it's time to prepare for next year. 

Fall Clean-up around the farm is something I've never been great about doing, but it is so rewarding to tidy up the overgrown beds and let the fields rest until next year.  I've planted all of my seed garlic and looking at those freshly weeded, planted and mulched beds almost feels more rewarding and promising than when it was full with summer squash and cucumbers.  This blank slate hides a promise for the spring which connects me with the circle of the seasons and feels like its own little ritual.  I'm putting my faith in the soil, the weather, and my own hard work.  Placing those little cloves in the soil and trusting that they will over-winter and grow in the spring is an act of faith and yet that's what I do every year.  I trust the soil and the garlic and sure enough, in the spring my faith and work are rewarded with the green sprouts of garlic and in early summer the delicious garlic scapes! 

This season has been wonderful and I want to thank all of you for supporting the Magic Bean Farm.  We are still selling wreaths this holiday season, so stay tuned as we get closer to December. 

In the mean time, slow down, take in that fresh fall air and have a cup of tea.

The Queen Bean

 

Summer Solstice

Growing up I wasn't really aware of the solstice.  I knew that the day before my birthday was the longest day of the year, but that was the most thought I ever gave the 21st of June.  Since working at a food co-op and spending a bunch of time around farmers the solstice has gained more significance and has become a quiet, internal celebration that nicely splits the year into two manageable chunks.  For me, growing a small farm without a greenhouse and with limited water access, my growing season is a little slower and things don't tend to ramp up until the solstice.  It's an exciting part of the growing season because most of the veggies are in, there isn't a ton of seeding to do and to my mind it is the most rewarding part of farming: the harvest!