“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with Summer’s best of weather and Autumn’s best of cheer.”

–Helen Hunt Jackson

A couple of weeks ago, as I strolled through the farmers market, it occurred to me that we’ve hit the sweet spot of summer eating.  Vendors booths were overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, mixed greens, beets, watermelon, along with a variety of squash and zucchini.  The approach of fall couldn’t be missed as baskets of Gala apples, Golden Delicious and early pumpkins were spotted too.

Farmers Market

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Are you back to school?  Today marks the beginning of our school year.  We’ve done the school supply shopping (does anyone else feel like that’s just a scavenger hunt gone wrong?).  Each boy is sporting a new pair of shoes.  It’s the beginning.

(a little throw back to our early back to school days and today…we’ve come a long way)

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I had to laugh when I read the most recent circulating post by Jen Hatmaker.  I’ll admit, a few similar thoughts have crossed my mind in the weeks leading up to this first day.  We’ve enjoyed our time together, but the closer this date crept on the calendar, the more I could see it was time.  A few more scuffles between brothers, less interest in the swimming pool and other activities that had kept us busy the last couple months.  It’s time for catching up with friends, getting to bed a little earlier and finding our routine again.  After all, there’s plenty of things to look forward to as fall creeps ever closer.  Football season, apple picking, jeans, sweaters….*sigh*…..Yes, I do believe I am ready.

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If you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you may remember the Farm to Table Project.  In 2013 I documented the growing season of Rhizosphere Farm, a small organic farm at the time, located in eastern Nebraska.  At the end of that season, farmers Matt and Terra Hall, took a year off to find a permanent home and land so they could further pursue their dreams of sustainable farming and feeding their community.

After a lengthy search, a permanent home for the farm was found in Missouri Valley, Iowa.  The 2014 growing season started off beautifully, and the first time I visited the farm’s new location I was in awe of the bounty in the fields.  Matt and Terra, along with their assistants Nick and Jackie had the farm looking like they had been there for years, instead of months.

Rhizosphere Farm

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