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Kale, Banana potatoes, and a slow down
We’re adding Winterbor kale, Banana Fingerling potatoes, and a few beans this week.
Lettuce and mix are still in short supply and will continue to be for a couple of weeks.
The first planting of beets are picked out and the second is waiting to dry out so they can grow!
The second planting of cukes are slowing down, with another on the way. Squash, too, so ask for squash this week.
Sakuras are also finally slowing down. We should be able to find a few more before we pull out the plants.
We’re not out of the woods yet, weather-wise, with 2 more inches of rain since last Tuesday and more tomorrow. Maybe we’ll have a beautiful September!? At least I was able to plant some late broccoli yesterday, as well as more spinach, bok choy, and a planting of lettuce up where the soil isn’t saturated.
Thank you for your orders.
Rain, rain, go away.!
As you can probably guess, these are challenging conditions for all the crops, not to mention for anyone trying to enjoy the summer. Or anyone trying to sow, plant, hoe, or even mow. I keep a rain/irrigation chart and it shows 16 days (and nights) of rain (about 12 inches) out of the last 23 days when this latest extended period of wet weather began. With more on the way! Add in heat, humidity, fog, and then a day when it felt good to take a hot shower and, well, we’ll see how the rest of the season goes. Having a well-drained sandy loam soil is very helpful in this situation, but we need the air to dry out, too.
So far, the vegetables are hanging in there, but production has slowed down in many cases. As ever, if an item you want is sold out please ask for it and we’ll do what we can.
We try to pick the best looking field tomatoes, but the heavy rain we’ve had can cause some marks and cracking, as you may have noticed. This shouldn’t affect the quality too much, but you may have to eat them sooner than later, especially with this humidity.
In any case, on we go.
Squash was added
I added 10 lbs of zucchini and 11 lbs. of yellow squash to the site.
If you want some and already ordered you can order again and the site will add the squash to your total.
Onions and bears, oh my!
The tough weather continues, with lettuce and salad mix suffering the most. The heat causes the lettuce to bolt and the torrential rains either wash out the salad mix seed or prevent seeding in a timely manner. We should have more mix and arugula next week.
The Ailsa Craig onions are sizing up so we can offer some of those, as well as a few Tropeas.
We’re also offering Yellow Finn potatoes which are small to medium at this point.
There’s no limit on the carrots now.
The heat has pushed some crops ahead of schedule, so, for example, the purple peppers are starting to color up already which gives then a different appearance and a sweeter taste. The heat has also slowed the green peppers which don’t like to set fruit when temps get into the nineties.
And now for the good news. We’re seeing more Monarch butterflies than we have in a long time. We always leave milkweed unmowed for them and are seeing them lay their eggs on those plants, as well as seeing the caterpillars on the leaves.
And yesterday a bear appeared at the top of the field and made it’s way into the blueberries. It sat on it’s haunches and started eating and then got up and chose a different spot. When it spotted me it paused and after I said it was welcome to stay it decided instead to amble off into the woods.
It’s been a good year for barn swallows who return to the farm every spring. There were fifteen sitting in a row yesterday on a high cable that crosses from wall to wall in the barn. Their chattering, flying in and out of the barn, and swooping over the field are always a welcome part of the season.
Let’s hope for a change in the weather before the first frost!
Thanks for your orders.
U-PICK BLUEBERRIES update
I said yesterday in the weekly email that blueberry picking was good, but I picked yesterday and found it to be fair. I got about 4 lbs. in a half hour or so, avoiding a lot of overripe berries.
So if you do come you’ll find berries, but the picking is on the slow side.
The price is now $2/lb. and Sunday August 5 is the last day for u-pick.
The 8th week of harvest!
This Friday will mark the eighth week of the harvest season, with 12 more to go, nature permitting. July has been a challenging month for various crops. Lettuce and salad mix, favorite crops, haven’t always been too happy so the offerings have been erratic. Maybe the heat and humidity will back off a bit in August. And maybe not! On we go, in any case.
This is the last week for u-pick blueberries. They’re winding down, but the picking is still good. We’re done harvesting for the CSA.
Ask for squash again this week. We were able to provide to everyone who asked last week.
Field tomatoes are a mix of varieties, both heirloom (actually growing in the hoophouse) and conventional. There’s a description in the market link.
Garlic is now available by the each. The bulbs are still curing in the barn, but are ready to eat. Grown from our own stock for over a quarter century!
Thank you for your orders and Happy August.
To those who ordered blueberries
If you got blueberries you may have already noticed that they may be wet, more or less. You could spread them out on a tray/paper towel to dry out some and then return them to the fridge. It would help the berries last longer, though they should probably be eaten sooner than later, in any case.
The only chance to pick was Friday morning, but the fruit was still often damp by mid-morning. I figured better damp berries than none, but if you have a problem with spoilage in the next couple of days let me know and I can credit your account.
ASK FOR SQUASH and other matters
The weather this week is as bad as the political climate. Hopefully, both will change sooner than later as they each make it hard to do what needs to get done. On the farm that means weeding and planting, while we hope to avoid diseases that love these warm, humid conditions.
Meanwhile, please ask for squash this week. It’s too hard to predict yield, but we’ll no doubt have some.
Pea season is over. It was a good one for shell peas, despite the heat. We’ll probably start harvesting the garlic this week to avoid it being continually soaked in the ground. Hopefully, we’ll be able to begin offering it next week.
The mini broccoli is new to me so I don’t know how long we’ll have it. The plant sends up shoots; last week quite a few, this week not so many. As with most items, if we’re sold out you should ask for it in the comment section.
Lettuce is slim this week. It can be hard to coax plants that are subject to so many variables to mature on schedule, but we keep planting away and hope for the best.
Thank you for your orders and, as always, if you have any questions or comments let me know.
Carrots and potatoes
We’re adding carrots, potatoes, and mini broccoli this week.
We’ll pick blueberries if we have time.
Lettuce is back in decent quantity and we have salad mix again.
Here’s to a soaking rain today that doesn’t do much damage and brings an end to the humidity!
Off to work – so much to do!
My mistake ! Blueberries are available online
I failed to add blueberries to the site so they appeared to be sold out. If you already ordered and want some just place another order and they will be added to your first one.