Farm News – August 23, 2021
Hello Everyone – I suppose that I don’t need to tell you that it’s been raining way too much! We are headed toward 4” for the week, but the farm is far enough inland that it is probably less than what most of you received. And of course, we were spared the drenching and high winds that pounded Long Island and New England.
We were in a race to transplant thousands of fall brassicas ahead of the heavier rain on Sunday. It will be several days before the ground dries out enough that we can resume planting. The excessive moisture has already killed three direct seeded plantings of spinach – the young, newly sprouted plants are very susceptible to root disease when the soil is saturated. So It goes! I will plant again as soon as it is dry enough.
We do have very nice arugula and tatsoi again, and greens will begin to be more abundant as we head into September. We are about to have two large plantings of sweet corn mature, so it should be back in the shares next week. Lettuce will be back in the shares soon as well. Also coming soon – leeks and spaghetti squash.
The share for this week will be: Carrots, summer squash, tomatoes, red potatoes, peppers (colored ones, we hope!), beans, cherry tomatoes or goldenberries, red onions, melon or (more likely) watermelon, arugula or tatsoi, and cilantro or dill. Premium shares will also include kale and basil. As extras there will be eggplant, tomatillos, and hot peppers.
The fruit share for this week will be: Ginger Gold apples and peaches
Enjoy! Farmer John