Tuesday, September 22, 2015

As Fall Creeps In

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall! Soon SVSF will turn from green to copper, and the temperatures and produce will dwindle. Still, we're taking advantage of the mild sun and the garden's gifts. We're still hosting volunteer hours from 4-6 on Fridays (separate of course from this Friday, during which we are helping with Grow Windham's Community Garden) and we hope to see all you're smiling, beautiful faces there!

The Following is a poem by Amy E. King that, to me, acts as an ode to the transition of a farm from Summer to Fall:

Digging Potatoes

Summer squash and snap-beans gushed

all August, tomatoes in a steady splutter

through September. But by October’s
last straggling days, almost everything

in the garden was stripped, picked,
decayed. A few dawdlers:

some forgotten carrots, ornate
with worm-trail tracery, parsley parched

a patchy faded beige. The dead leaves
of potato plants, defeated and panting,

their shriveled dingy tongues
crumbling into the mud.

     You have to guess where.
     The leaves migrate to trick you. Pretend
     you’re sure, thrust the trowel straight in,
     hear the steel strike stone, hear the song
     of their collision—this land is littered
     with granite. Your blade emerges
     with a mob of them, tawny freckled knobs,
     an earthworm curling over one like a tentacle.
     I always want to clean them with my tongue,
     to taste in this dark mud, in its sparkled scatter
     of mica and stone chips, its soft genealogy
     of birch bark and fiddleheads, something

that means place, that says here,
with all its crags and sticky pines,

its silent stubborn brambles. This
is my wine tasting. It’s there,

in the potatoes: a sharp slice with a different blade
imparts a little milky blood, and I can almost

smell it. Ferns furling. Barns rotting.
Even after baking, I can almost taste the grit.