Volunteers working in the garden

The growing season is winding down at the Incredible Edible Gardens at the Red Barn Motel and at the Milbridge Commons. Daytime temperatures often top out in the upper sixties. Night-time temperatures have dipped into the forties. A fall chill is in the air.

With the turning of the season, we started cleaning out the gardens. On Saturday, October 2nd, we had twenty volunteers come help us harvest vegetables and clear beds at the Commons. The surplus produce was delivered to the local food pantry. The gardens next to the Red Barn Motel are still lush with cool weather-crops – expect to find chard, cabbage, greens, kohlrabi, herbs and more.

ChardOn the morning of September 14th, there was evidence of a mysterious nighttime visitor to the Milbridge Commons. It took down several strands of the electric fence and dragged them for hundreds of feet. Examining footprints in the mud, we’re guessing it was none other than a moose! With the help of volunteers and garden workers, the wires were untangled and reconnected. Thankfully no apparent damage was done to the gardens, but the disarray provided some excitement – probably for us AND the moose!

September 11th was the last Saturday of the season that WHRL board volunteers staffed the IEM cart at the Milbridge Farmers’ Market. Though the market was small this year, the two vegetable farmers had a steady stream of customers, Beddington Ridge Farm had another great year selling perennials as well as herb and vegetable seedlings, and several crafts people participated as visiting vendors. IEM spread the word to market goers about the pick-your-own gardens in town and about supporting our local farmers. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit us. We enjoyed the conversations and look forward to supporting the market again in 2022.

Did you like what we grew this season? Do you want us to grow something different? Let us know your thoughts on the Incredible Edible Milbridge Facebook group.