We like to make it sound romantic, idyllic and earthy. The idea planting of a seed and harvesting food can do that, but farming is at its essence a business and although we grow year-round we are still ruled by the seasons.
In autumn, we prepare, plan, and store for the long cold winter that awaits us, hoping we have done enough. The winters are always cold and dark, but some are really cold. Not only can we keep things alive, but can we survive the added expenses and limited production that come with it?
Spring, ah yes- spring! Spring is the seasonal turn of the economic cycle. The end of annual recession, spring is hope shown in all the glory of budding shoots and tilled fertile soil.
And that brings us to summer. Beds are full and the fields are planted and turning green. This is the time to pay off the debts of winter and invest for the future. It is the time to make hay… and kale, arugula and basil. The time to work from sun-up to sun-down and a little longer on market days. The farming life is paid for in the summer and we can only hope we can make enough to get us through the seasons that lay in wait.
It is the season of plenty, let us rejoice and be glad. The mortgage is caught up and the basil, arugula and even mizuna all look great……………. OK, enough of lollygagging, let’s get back to work.