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A Season for Thanks and Reflection

December 5, 2014
sunrise, photo by Beth R.

The day begins, photo by Beth R.

With Thanksgiving and the last delivery of the regular season last week, along with winter arriving in a few weeks, it is a good time to sit by the fire in the wood stove and think over the past season and all I have to be thankful for. I have a lot to be thankful for. Here are a few things:

Field E, photo by Beth R.

Field E, photo by Beth R.

The most productive season for Bethel Springs Farm/June’s Corner Garden to date. Beginning as June’s Corner Garden in 2007, I had less than 1/3 of an acre in production. Last year, when we moved to the new farm, I put in 1 acre of vegetables. This year, it was nearly 2 acres producing lots and lots of vegetables. Some statistics from this year (in produce sold): 1,000 zucchinis, 449 lbs of spaghetti squash, 203 lbs of snap peas, and 1,202 cucumbers, among other things.

Kale bath, photo by Beth R.

Kale bath, photo by Beth R.

Having great people to work with. This year, I hired my first official employees. Over the course of the season, I had three great women to work with, one for whole season, and two for part of the season (added up all together, close to 1 full time employee). Not only did I benefit from their hard work, but I benefited from their insight and enjoyed their company, as well.

Beans at sunrise, photo by Beth R.

Beans at sunrise, photo by Beth R.

Becoming certified organic. I have been growing using organic practices all along, but this year, went through the process to be certified. It feels good to have my practices verified by a third party and to know that you can be assured of my practices, as well.

Cherry tomatoes, photo by Beth R.

Cherry tomatoes, photo by Beth R.

Eating really well. My cooking and eating habits have changed over the years. I have to admit, I  haven’t always liked many vegetables. Eating fresh from the field changed that. Now, I like almost all vegetables, and while I eat meat, other animal products and grains, the majority of my diet comes from vegetables and fruit. Really good vegetables and fruit.

It was a good winter squash year, photo by Beth R.

It was a good winter squash year, photo by Beth R.

The best customers ever. I am so thankful for my customers. You keep me in business, doing a job I love. I have said this before, but it is still true: the Willamette Valley is full of small, organic farms, growing amazing produce. You have lots of farms to choose from for fresh fruits and vegetables. I am thankful and honored to be one of your choices.

The rain is coming, photo by Beth R.

The rain is coming, photo by Beth R.

I will do more reflecting on the season in the shorter, colder, darker days of winter. I will read, dream and plan for next year. I will work on some projects and finish up some work in the fields. Life is good and I am thankful.

PS: I am thankful for my husband, Steven, too. I was going to put him in the list, but it was getting too long, so he got left out. He was okay with that.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2014 12:21 pm

    Reblogged this on goingplaceslivinglife and commented:
    This summer I enjoyed working as a farm laborer with Michelle Burger. Even weeding. Even getting wet and dirty. How much more I appreciate the effort our farmers make to bring us wonderful food!!

  2. Barbara Scot permalink
    December 6, 2014 4:23 am

    That was a lovely post, Michelle, with beautiful accompanying pictures. I feel lucky to be part of your community and to share the fruits of your hard labors. Thank you so much for another year of deliveries of your fine produce. Barbara Scot

  3. January 5, 2015 6:56 pm

    We are really missing you right now. The other day, I had to buy kale at New Seasons! Oh the indignity!

  4. February 16, 2015 4:54 pm

    Loved reading this, Michelle! I miss being able to stop by and visit you on Sauvie Island, but this new farm looks great and I am so happy for you and Steven! Let us know if you are ever itching to come up to Portland and we can have you over for dinner or something to catch up. Or…maybe we’ll just have to take a roadtrip down to Rickreal to see you guys there;-)

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