Harvest days always start with a warm up game to get us moving led by our junior staff. A game of tag is a great way to get moving and laughing first thing in the morning.
We break off into small groups to efficiently harvest everything we need for the whole crew to take home a little bit of everything. We start with the crops that will take the longest to harvest, such as plums and carrots, and finish with the crops that are a little quicker, such as chard and squash. Harvesting also leads to us learning more about the food we're growing and eating. Sometimes we learn about new foods entirely, such as the alien-looking veggie kohlrabi.
Abby leads us through the next step of the harvesting process. We go through the motions other farms go through to prepare their produce for sale to ensure quality products. We wash, weigh, record, and package our harvest to take home. This process trains us to have an eye for quality and to learn organizational skills to keep records of the summer's yield.
When the harvest is clean and organized, we make bags for the whole crew to take home to their families and chat about ways to enjoy the harvest at home with others!