Our best crops this year were kale, parsley, beet, carrot, potato, corn, plum & strawberry. In the greenhouse tomato, cucumber, pepper & flowers were abundant. Thankfully, no major losses to birds, grazing cows, deer or bear this year.
We are currently growing Carrots, Beets, Potatoes, Peas, Cucumber, Broccoli, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Strawberry, Cabbage, Green Beans, Zucchini, Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant, Peppers, Melon, Radish, Fennel, Squash, Asparugus, Parsnips, Turnipsand Corn. We have planted hundreds of Apple, Pear, Cherry and Apricot trees. Dozens of Hazelnut and walnut trees have been planted. We have raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, honeyberries (hascaps) and saskatoon berries. We are growing millet and buckwheat seed for future plantings. We grow assorted flowers, herbs, and spices.
Again this year, climate change played a big role. Winter was long, spring was hot then cold, summer was rainy but we still had good results in our gardens. Our first deep freeze and snow came very early in October.
Harvest is the time of Govardhana Puja when inhabitants of Vrindavan hold a festival to honor King Indra, the demigod responsible for providing the rains essential for a successful harvest.
“In all the towns and villages people held great festivals, performing the Vedic fire sacrifice for honoring and tasting the first grains of the new harvest, along with similar celebrations that followed local custom and tradition.
During autumn, the fields become filled with ripened grains. At that time, the people become happy over the harvest and observe various ceremonies, such as Navanna, the offering of new grains to the Supreme Personality of Godhead." Srimad Bhagavatam 10-20-48