Hi Folks! So the everyday rain seems to have abated and the temperatures moderated – at least for now. Hopefully we can get back on track with the planting schedule. It is time to plant lots of carrots for the fall crop and more spinach and beets, just to name a few things. So far we have been lucky – no damage from wind or hail, which has been around with these strong storms. (more…)
Hello Folks! So, we are generally happy for some rain, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Everyday storms and rain showers are making life a bit difficult for us at present. It isn’t possible to prepare ground for planting, or seed when it is too wet. The damp weather is favorable to the fungi, to which many plants are susceptible, but especially the tomatoes and the cucurbits. We have finished bringing in the garlic and are almost done harvesting the shallot crop, but now there are onions that must be pulled, or they will begin to rot. Hopefully, the wet spell will end soon, and we can get back on schedule with planting. (more…)
Hello Everyone, Happy Independence Day! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend despite the damp start. Here on the farm, there are no days off – there is just too much to be done. We were happy to receive some much-needed precipitation and grateful that it came mostly in the evenings and did not impact our markets or our field work. I had just finished planting the last of the winter squash as well as a third planting of beans, corn, and some cucumbers. We had also transplanted cabbage and Brussel’s sprouts just ahead of the storms, so the rain was a benefit to these crops as well as the multitude of established plantings that are not aided by drip irrigation. (more…)
Hello Folks! So, we are in the second heat wave of the season – three more scorching days to endure before it breaks on Thursday. Fortunately, there is a fair amount of moisture in the soil, so our crops should not be affected too much. I can’t believe we are in the fourth week of deliveries already. I guess time flies when you’re working hard as well! (more…)
Hello everyone, the time has come for me to dust off my pea puns and pea-alliteration, for we have a plenitude, a preponderance, a plethora of peas. So, if you have been praying for peas, for now your prayers will be answered. This week it is mostly English, or shell peas we have in abundance, a few groups may receive snow peas this time and English peas next. Sugar snap peas will be starting next week. (more…)
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. (more…)
Happy winter everyone! It is time to register for the 2021 CSA season! Know your farmer. Know your food.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members pre-pay for “shares” in a local organic farm at the beginning of the season in March when the farmer most needs the money. Then during the harvest from June through November, the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs, and some fruit.
100% of your food dollars go to the person who is growing it. You support sustainable, local agriculture and get freshly picked organic produce at reasonable prices. In addition, you know the farmer growing your vegetables and can visit the farm – establishing a personal connection with your food supply. (more…)
Hi Folks, we have reached the end of the CSA season. I hope that you have enjoyed the produce we were able to provide this year. Every farming season has its unique challenges, mostly weather related. This year we had both the latest spring frost ever – May 18th – and the earliest fall frost that I can remember – September 18. The September frost took us a bit by surprise as the forecast was for a low of 38 degrees. The cold snap in September was even more unusual since it was not a single night, but rather four night in a row of sub-freezing temperatures. This gave us only four months of frost-free growing season. A long summer drought followed by excessive rain added another hurdle. (more…)