Winters as a Farmer
Time for a break – right? Haha! Nope! I’m now working on getting herb seeds planted so I have lush, beautiful herbs for the winter markets. I’ve been perfecting candy recipes so I have amazing candies and sweets for the holiday markets; one which was this past Saturday. The feedback from those folks who sampled the candies tells me I hit the right balance between sweet and a touch of heat. Between now and December 22nd, I’ll be making sure I have everything for the market that happens right before Christmas. I’ll also be doing some mini garden welds to add to the rosemary pots… which will be at the December market in Bloomington.
From that point forward – it’s time to start the seeds for next year’s produce. Chili peppers have a really long growing cycle and if not started in January; they don’t stand a chance of making it. And then it’s time to get the other veggies growing too. Everything I bring to the Farmer’s Markets is grown or made by me. All my vegetable plants are started by seed and either direct sowed or started in the greenhouse. I’m a bit of a control freak and I want to ensure my plants haven’t been fed anything I don’t approve of… and the only way to do that is by planting them myself. Oh – and let’s not forget the chili peppers I’m growing right now so I can have fresh chili’s at the winter markets… because there is NO better way to bring heat to central Illinois than to do it with chili peppers!
So… no matter the season I grow things. I make things. I feed people in Central Illinois. I vend at Farmers’ Markets, although less often… and continue to feel blessed for being able to do something I love more than ever.