Hello Everyone, We continue on the dry side here at the farm, having received a paltry 0.3 inches from Saturdays drizzle and light rain. At least it came slowly, allowing the soil to soak it up. We have another slight chance of precipitation on Monday night into Tuesday morning. We are making the best of it, using overhead irrigation to germinate seeds and keep the fall brassica crop growing. String bean production has fizzled out partly due to the dryness and partly due to persistent midnight grazing of the plants by the deer. We have the crop enclosed with a temporary fence but they still manage to find ways to get in. The deer have also been reeking destruction on the winter squash and pumpkin crop; part of which we recently fenced in as well. I have taken to patrolling the fields in my car with a spotlight each night about eleven, just before I go to bed! I chase them and then they probably come back an hour later. It is a bit futile but I am also teaching my newly acquired puppy what her job will be when she grows up! (more…)
Westfield Area CSA
Hi Folks, We finally got some rain this past Saturday, about a half an inch. The summer squash and the beans had more or less stopped flowering, so now maybe they will be revived. This week’s share will not be as large as the distributions have been over the past few weeks. I expect this will be the case for a few weeks until the brassica crops begin to head up and the winter squash ripens. (more…)
From the cookbook, Serving up the Harvest, here is an easy (especially if you have a food processor) recipe for all those delicious potatoes we’ve been getting. It is a good dish to have in your arsenal as it is very quick to make, holds up well during a buffet, travels easily to block parties or potluck dinners, and can be made ahead and reheated. What’s not to like about that?
The recipe serves 6-8. (more…)
Hello Everyone, Happy Labor Day! We don’t really get to take holidays here on the farm, so today we continue to labor away! A dearth of rain continues to make our job harder; we received a scant tenth of an inch from yesterday’s storms. We continue to have an abundance of veggies for you however. There was no cabbage in the share last week; so you know what that means…. This week it’s the red variety. (more…)