Farm News – May 18, 2021

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hello Folks, Happy Spring!  I am pleased to report that we are off to a much better start to the season than last year.  The first groups of workers arrived in late March and I now have my whole crew in place.  We are going gangbusters planting, weeding, spreading compost, mulching, and covering greenhouses.  The weather has been relatively cooperative.  It was a fairly dry spring with some early warmth and abundant sunshine, that helped to dry out the fields as the heavy snow melted.  Overall, it has stayed rather cool, but we have not had any extremely cold nights.

Our biggest challenge has been the high winds that we had in late March and early April.  The plastic was ripped off two of our greenhouses during the first of these wind events.  It was discouraging, but hard to feel to feel too bad about, considering the damage the tornados were doing down south.  We had some nice gentle rains a few weeks back but now we seem to be in an extended dry spell again.  We are spending a lot of time moving the sprinklers around to help the direct seeded crops to sprout and the transplants to take root. 

No doubt there are more challenges ahead, but we will deal with them as they arrive.  After twenty-five years I am still waiting for the perfect weather season- hoping, but never expecting it.  Rest assured we will always do our best to provide you and yours with tasty, healthful fruits and vegetables.  Here’s to a great season!

Cheers, Farmer John

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