October 4

The Michaelmas Festival drew families from near and far. We savored Mariah's stone soup made with over 30 ingredients from the garden. In fact, we'll be savoring it for a while as she froze 7 gallons of it yesterday! The ritual replete with dragon, parachute and fire shared good vibes with the world, and wouldn't you know it? The biggest hit of all was the leaf pile. Truly, it's the simple things that make the world go round.

Yesterday we received our first donation to our What the World Needs Now 2016 Capital Campaign. Thanks to Christina's mom, Jeanne White for getting us started. Please pitch in if you can to support the farm's next phase of development. Of direct interest may be the construction of a new produce packing shed and community kitchen in the white barn. With donation received earlier through an online crowd sourcing campaign on Barnraiser.com, we were able to complete repairs on the red barn roof. It will be a dry, pigeon-free year in the barn! Good for hay (with a repaired hay loft floor), and shored up with new beams for structural integrity, red barn serves so many functions here at the farm. Each animal we have plays a critical role in the biodynamic garden. The photo, taken by our builder, Wayne Smestad of Amery, WI, was snapped from the lift he used to do the final repairs. It's not the main produce garden, but it is where we start many of the plants.

In today's shares, you'll have some basil that may need picking through, kale, chard, tatsoi, beets, red and daikon radishes, cucumber, tomotoes and pumpkins. Full shares also contain delicata squash.