The Fly-By Summer

IMG_0140IMG_0101It’s a strange summer. Slow in getting here, fast in passing. The tomatoes have barely started to ripen and already it is time to pull the onions out of the ground. The weather is confused—dripping hot one day, New England chilly the next night. It’s like summer and fall all at once. But I’m okay with that. I like fall, and I feel a bit disconnected from summer this year.

I can’t complain. Grace and magic and kindness and opportunity have conspired to give me a new farmette business with a little farm stand plunked fortuitously close to the road.

IMG_0127My fencing and irrigation and weed controls are working as planned, so everything (well, most everything) is thriving, and the whole darn thing is actually manageable.

IMG_0133The soil still needs a lot of improvement, so my yields are not what they could be. But the real conundrum is space. The 4000 square feet I carved out this year isn’t enough for the little business to really thrive. 10,000 square feet is a quarter acre, and that would be great, but I can’t necessarily get to that here. I might be able to carve out 2000 more feet, but first I’m going to figure out a way to get a small hoop house built (and hopefully a chicken coop and pen, too). Then perhaps I will lease an extra little bit of land somewhere else next year, and grow more flowers on it. All things to consider this fall!


I did finally break down and buy a new camera, as my old one died and I’ve been borrowing from friends. I went with the cheapest DSLR I could buy and still get good quality—an older Canon Rebel T5—and I just took it out of the box yesterday.


IMG_0145So of course the first pictures I took were of tomatoes and flowers–probably my two favorite things about the late summer garden. Fortunately, with our warm fall out here, I’ll have tomatoes and flowers until late October of even early November.


IMG_0130But I hope I can find some good tomatoes and flowers to enter in the Fair, which is–yikes!–next week! I did say summer was flying by.


And the last bittersweet sign of changing seasons: The President and First Family arrived for their vacation last weekend. It still thrills me to see the motorcade whiz by, and I will always be grateful that they’ve chosen to come here for their vacations. Now if they’d just stop at the farmstand…




6 thoughts on “The Fly-By Summer”

  1. Your photos are beautiful. I hope you enjoy the camera.
    There is never enough space, especially if you want to rotate tomatoes. I have been trying to do more climbing plants and succession planting. Beautiful zinnias, my favorites! I hope the Obamas come by the stand.

  2. Hi Helen,

    Hope your summer is going well. Send me some photos of yours sometime! Yes, never enough space. All best, Susie

  3. Hi Perry, I am on Trip Barnes’ home property — 534 State Road, just past Island Farms Road on the left if you are coming from VH…pass Up – Island Cronig’s on right and Bank, etc. on left and be on the lookout for chalkboard and little red farm stand behind stone wall. Thank you!

  4. Love this post, Susie. If I was brave enough to grow more than a single tomato plant and a few herbs, I’d be racing to the yard to plant more. The colors, the shapes, it’s all so beautiful. Congrats on starting a new stand and keeping your blog going for those of us who love it!

  5. Hi Lori–Thank you as always. Wish I had more time to work on the blog, but it just isn’t happening–this fall I hope I’ll do more. Hope you’re well! Susie

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