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Posted 8/16/2017 5:00am by Fitzgerald Farms.

If you look closely, you can see it.  Telltale signs that the season is changing.  Although fall, or autumn, doesn’t officially begin until Friday, September 22, you can already see a few leaves falling from the trees, and even though it is not unusual for retail stores to carry autumn merchandise earlier each year, we’re already seeing Halloween as well as Thanksgiving decorations for sale.  It’s difficult to find a bathing suit for sale anywhere except at the beach.  Children are starting, or have already started school, just a little earlier this year.  Football schedules are being posted.  Pumpkin flavored coffees are now available. 

But wait, the temperature is supposed to be 88 degrees here today!  The pools are still open.  The creek, river and ocean water temperatures are really comfortable.   Surely you wouldn’t leave the house without that extra sunscreen or bug repellent yet.  The summer flowers are blooming where there has been enough rain.  Flip flops and sandals are still on the feet.  The grill is still the best place to cook that meal.  The birds are still hanging around, just listen as the sun begins to rise.  The humidity doesn’t seem to be dipping below 90%.  Baby animals can be seen if you take a walk on a trail, or for some, simply look out of your window.

Thankful for the change in seasons in Virginia.  Thankful to recognize the changes.  Hanging tight to summer just a few more days, while acknowledging and planning for autumn.

Posted 1/20/2015 11:34am by K Fitzgerald.

Chores include taking soil samples to decide how much fertilizer to apply to the fields, preventive maintenance on equipment, organizing, cleaning, ordering supplies and budgeting.  Whew!  Some of these chores are similar to other industries, and some are very different.  The colder days make us want to take cover in the shop, and the warmer days encourage us to enjoy the sunshine.

Posted 4/3/2014 3:02pm by KFitzgerald.

Now that the calendar says that Spring has arrived and we have had more than two days with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, the farm work will transition from upkeep, maintenance, repair, and cost estimating (not to mention taxes) to scouting the land, planning crops, fertilizing, and planting.

Posted 9/3/2013 4:37pm by KFitzgerald.

It may have been Labor Day for most, but here where the pumpkins have been kissed by mountain sunshine and watered by rain, pumpkin season has begun!

 

The day started early including family, friends, and the pumpkin team who hand selected and prepared the pumpkins for the fall 2013.  Lunches had been packed the night before, trucks scheduled the week before, and sunscreen was in order for the day.

 

Among the beautiful large deep orange pumpkins, fun medium pumpkins, cute pie pumpkins, and variety of specialty pumpkins, we are growing a wonderful, colorful selection of gourds this year!

 

As the sun set and trucks drove away to deliver the first pumpkins to bring smiles to all ages, the family, friends, and pumpkin team headed home for food, rest, baths, and to reflect on a beautiful blue sky, fresh air and a job well done.  

 

Thanks to you, Pumpkin Team!