September is my favorite month. We worked hard through the heat in August. Most people are going on vacation during this time however we are out in the field, maximizing the daylight, to pick all the ripe tomatoes. There is also salad mix to harvest along with twenty other crops. This is the time that we direct seed our fall crops such as winter radishes, turnips, rutabaga, beets, and carrots. Adding value to our crops has been fun this year. We have processed over 3000 pounds of tomatoes and by the end of the season it will be well over 4000 pounds. Hot peppers have been smoked and turned into hot sauce. In the spring we made over 100 gallons of kimchi so I have planned a second planting of napa cabbage to get us through the winter. If everything goes smoothly we will have a lot of chicories for fall and winter salad that will compliment our storage crops. September brings a lot of joy. The weather gets cooler (however we do have ninety degree weather in the forecast) and each planting moves us closer to our last planting. We will clean up the fields, plant our cover crops, and prepare for winter. It feels great to see a seasons work play out and to have some time to slow down. For now we have a lot of work to do, but the end goal is in sight.