In one month, on August 18th, I go back to work at my off farm teaching job. Just to make it more fun on that first day back, they’ve decided I get to work a full day and then 5 – 7 pm also. I am so not ready for that. But I’ll do it. I am currently working 12 – 16 hours per day on the farm every single day and still getting farther behind.
In two months, on September 17th, we open the pumpkin patch for our second year. We’ve really hit full planning mode for the pumpkin patch. I plan on setting up a table at the farmer’s market for my small town Rhodes Days celebration next Saturday. My nephew is going to pull Artie, the vintage flare box wagon, through the parade, so I got candy to throw.
Then I have the Twilight Farmer’s Market at the Marshalltown Mall on July 26th. It’s the first time they’ve done it, and I hope there’s a lot of people. I have fliers that I plan on handing out at both events.
My dad has been busy. He made me yard Jenga! I’m excited! The boards behind the Jenga game are going to become benches for people to sit on. That was one comment we heard from people last year. They wanted a place to sit down to watch their kids playing.
My mom is busy painting another one of those photo op boards where you put your face in. This one will have places for more than one face (three to be exact). That was another suggestion from last year. Snickers was supervising Mom in the garage.
Mom and Snickers
He thought she was doing a pretty good job. I am still working on weeding the pumpkins of water hemp. My sweet neighbor and my nephew came and helped yesterday! I’m also trying to get my inventory stocked up. That means I’m making bath salts, soap, lotions, body butter, sunscreen, and other items.
I’m trying to book food vendors. I want to make sure we have food for every day. I’d hate to think someone planned on feeding their kids at the pumpkin patch and we didn’t have food for them. I made chili today and put in the freezer in the event I have a day that someone doesn’t show up.
It’s been a long time since I made a batch of chili that big. It’s bringing back memories of my bartending/restaurant days. I think this second year is going to be even better than last year!
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