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A hard frost
The potatoes are now $1.60/lb. The Purple Majesty are done.
We woke up Sunday morning to find we had had a hard frost. I had seen no warning of it, but should have been vigilant what with a full moon on a clear, calm night at the end of September. It took out the field tomatoes, squash, pepper and eggplant foliage (but not the peppers or eggplant), and singed the summer crisp. At least it took out a lot of galinsoga as well, our worst weed.
And the clear, calm night and full moon that followed gave us the chance to see the beautiful and mysterious eclipse.
So we have what we still have, which is a fair amount, but the season is winding down bit by bit.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Happy Autmnal Equinox
Cool nights and mild days – a nice stretch of weather. But dry, so irrigating continues, even this late in the season.
We can offer some lettuce, but it’s still limited as we get into the first of the last three plantings.
Field tomatoes are just about over, with still some here and there.
There are plenty of potatoes, except for Purple Majesty which are just about gone. Also lots of carrots, beets, leeks, onions, garlic, peppers, scallions, chard, bok choy, spinach, kale, parsley, and lettuce (to come).
Thank you for your orders and happy autumn.
spinach, baby bok choy, beans
We’re adding spinach,some nice looking baby bok choy, and beans.
No lettuce this week! It doesn’t like it too hot, too humid, or heavy rains and we’ve had all three recently. BUT, we have three more plantings coming along so hopefully it will be back on the list next week.
It’s been bumpy for salad mix as well, but I should be able to come up with a little.
Squash is winding down and even the tomatoes are considering calling it quits. But not quite yet.
A porcupine got through the electric fence last week and started to lay into the curly kale. Amazing how much damage they can do! A friend and I caught it one night and drove it far away. Hopefully, that’s the last one of the season.
Thank you for your orders.
Although it feels like the height of summer, we’re adding late season crops such as leeks, Copra onions, and Kennebec potatoes. *It’s supposed to be 72 degrees on Friday *so such food will seem appropriate to the season after all this heat passes.
Lettuce and salad mix are looking good at the moment. Hopefully they’ll come through another hot and humid day and then the possibly heavy rains on Thursday. Likewise the tomatoes.
Thank you for your recent orders and keep cool. Or hot, depending on your preference.
Order deadline confusion?
A couple of people who ordered today, Thursday, thought their order might be late.
I apologize for any confusion. When my foot was in bad shape I was encouraging everyone to order by Wednesday night to allow for my slower pace. The official deadline for ordering was still Thursday night by 8:00.
My foot is much better, and while it can be helpful to get orders on the early side in any case, ordering by Thursday evening at 8:00 is completely fine.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
We’re adding curly kale and Lacinato, sometimes called dinosaur kale for the texture of the leaf.
We should have lettuce, despite the continuing heat, but no salad mix until next week.
The big surprise last week was to see four goats grazing in our field. We couldn’t corral them and when they started heading for the lettuce Meridian shooed them away and they scrambled off into the woods. We later heard that they’ve been wandering loose for days and no one can catch them. Hopefully, their owner will get them back soon before they get into trouble. It was fun to see them, but not who we want sampling our crops!
Thank you for your orders and enjoy the waning summer.
The end of August
School buses will start appearing this week and hopefully the storm tonight will drive out the humidity and make it feel more like the end of summer and beginning of fall.
Thank you for accommodating the change in pick-up day last week. We’re back to Fridays now.
We have carrots by the pound this week. The variety called Nelson that we’re harvesting now is getting a leaf disease called Alternaria due to all the wet, humid weather we’ve been having. The carrots are fine, but the tops are less suitable for bunching.
This same weather is also hard on lettuce. There’s no Summer Crisp this week and a limited amount of Romaine. I should be able to come up with Red Leaf and Boston, as well as salad mix.
We still have plenty of nice basil, which is a treat after two seasons of losing it to basil downy mildew by early August.
The cucumbers ended early this year due to another leaf disease. I’m sorry about that because they’re so good fresh.
We’re still setting out lettuce, sowing arugula, salad mix, and spinach, and weeding (!)
Thank you for your orders. I hope you’ve been finding the produce to be fresh and good-tasting.
REMINDER: THURSDAY PICK UP!
Just a reminder that PICK UP IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 AT THE USUAL TIMES HERE AT THE FARM AND AT THE UNION MILL.
PLEASE ORDER BY 8:00 TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 if you haven’t already done so.
THURSDAY PICK UP !!
PLEASE NOTE: PICK UP IS ON THURSDAY AUGUST 20 THIS WEEK.
PLEASE ORDER BY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8:00.
SOONER IF POSSIBLE.
Sorry for the late notice about this. We have to go to a memorial service on Friday so pick up is a day earlier.
Thank you for your orders and enjoy the latest round of summer weather.
onions and more
Please note: I’m still hobbling around with a bad foot so it would be helpful once again if you could order by Wednesday night. But if you don’t, Thursday will work as usual.
We’re now harvesting Ailsa Craig and Tropea onions, as well as the first field tomatoes (if they don’t split in all this rain!). We’re also adding Banana fingerling potatoes
Both greenhouse and field tomatoes are now $3.00/lb.
For various reasons we’re still in a salad mix lull.
So far the basil has avoided the basil downy mildew and the second planting looks nice. It’s a somewhat smaller variety called Eleonora that is supposed to maybe, kinda have some resistance to the disease. But the first planting is free of the disease so I think it’s just luck so far.
The squash is also a bit sluggish, but there should be enough of one kind or another.
The second planting of cucumbers is slowing down prematurely. We should have enough for this week, but then who knows. There is a third planting and if summer returns we may get more in September.
Spinach and Bok Choy have been planted, and we continue to sow and set out lettuce.
Last night I chased a porcupine out of the cabbage and broccoli, but failed to catch him. Maybe tonight.
Thank you for your orders.