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You know it must be fall when the tomato plants start coming out. This particular half row was yellow cherry tomatoes and more green beans will go in their place.

As you can see, we use stakes to tie our tomatoes up. One year, Matt got the supplies to try a different system that would not involve having to pound a bazillion stakes into the ground. He showed the rest of the crew the stuff and explained how to set it up. They nodded their heads and said “ok…” and then went ahead and staked the tomatoes like they always do – by putting stakes in the ground and doing the Florida weave. Which just goes to show that just because you find something tedious and hard on the back, not everyone else does (although I’m with Matt on this one: I would try any other method to avoid pounding in that many stakes).

We grow some yummy red leaf lettuce. And you never see pictures of it because it just looks like dirt in the pictures. Blends in beautifully with the ground. That blending is great when we’re trying to keep the drat sparrows from eating it. But it’s not so great when I’m trying to show you what we’ve got going on. So no, that is not bumpy ground in between the romaine, it is red leaf lettuce.

Even I, who knows what is in the pictures I took (theoretically, sometimes I forget. And sometimes I thought I took a picture… and didn’t), have to do a double take to make sure I’m not putting up a picture of just weeds growing between the crops. Yes, I do take pictures of the ground where nothing but weeds is growing.

Despite what all the pictures I inundate you with may indicate (and my statement above of taking pictures of bare ground), I am not much of a picture-taker. I prefer to just enjoy the moment as it is. However, we got this huge flat pumpkin in, and I just knew it was meant to be a stool in a photo op. So I pulled out Hare and Tortoise for a nice, fall, friends picture.

Hare and Tortoise were made by my Grandmother. I have had Tortoise since I was like 6. The Hare is going to a freshly 6-years-old great-granddaughter next week.

Your weekly Thanksgiving reminder:

Thanksgiving is just 33 days away (November 23). And we need all orders in in a little under 3 weeks. You can order online or in-store. Pick up is the Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Events I Think Sound Cool

Peony Dig and Divide Event. Scott Arboretum. October 22.

Día de los Muertos. Delaware Art Museum. October 28.

Delaware’s Forgotten Daughter: Mary Ann Shadd Cary. Kirkwood Library. November 1.

Seasonal inspiration:

Chimichurri Monkey Bread

Sausage and Fennel Stuffing

Cabbage Roll Soup

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower

Delicata Squash and Apple Galette

Happy Eating!


PS: The hardest part of writing these emails is coming up with a good subject line. It often takes me just as long to do that as writing the whole email does. So if your brain ever has to squint to make the connection between the subject line and the body of the email… same, same (this week’s “winning the race” is a poor reference to the Tortoise and the Hare pictured, ’cause while they are in the email, there is no race).

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