When I look at the calendar, I can hardly believe that it is already the middle of August. When I look in the fields, though, there is no mistaking the fact that we are smack dab in the middle of summer. This is the time of year when a farmer expects to harvest nearly every crop that was planted in the spring. As I reflect on this year’s growing season so far at Stony Point Center, one word comes to mind: gratitude. I am incredibly grateful for so many things—timely rain showers that have watered our crops throughout the spring and summer, the bees buzzing from flower to flower in the gardens pollinating our crops, the beauty of the zinnias and snapdragons blooming in the field, the labor and dedication of SPC’s farm crew, a number of SPC guests whose paths have crossed my own that have helped out in the gardens, being spared from some recent severe weather that damaged land and buildings in other parts of Rockland County and, of course, the bountiful harvest we have been blessed with this season here at Stony Point Center. Our harvests are somewhat overwhelming at times. To give you an idea of what a harvest can consist of in the middle of August in a plentiful year like this one, here is a list of what the farm crew has harvested this week at SPC:
It really has been incredible to fill our harvest bins with such a wide variety of crops. My gratitude also extends to Donna and all the folks in the Stony Point Center kitchen who have been preparing such delicious dishes using the farm’s produce and their willingness to find creative ways to incorporate our bumper crops into SPC’s meals.
I wish that everyone reading this farm update could share a meal or two with us this summer. For those who cannot share the harvest with us, we’ve included some pictures to share a little of the farm with you. We know many of you are with us in spirit.
See you in the gardens,