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Farm News – September 10, 2018

“And I wonder, Still I wonder, Who’ll stop the rain”- John Fogerty

Hi Folks, Well I’m starting to run out of song lyric quotes about rain and I’m also starting to lose my sense of humor. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous, and it’s doing the farm a lot of harm. The tomatoes are pretty much done as are the melons. My second planting of spinach came up nicely, but if it keeps raining it will wither and die. (more…)

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Farm News – September 3, 2018

Hello Everyone! I hope you had a pleasant Labor Day weekend. Just another holiday we labor through here on the farm. We had 8 days with no rain (hurray!) and I was able to get a lot of planting done. I am seeding spinach, turnips, radishes, arugula, tatsoi, and other mustard greens. I even sowed some carrots, although it’s a bit late. We are into our final two plantings of sweet corn now so there will be a few more ears for you this week or next. (more…)

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Farm News – August 27, 2018

Hey Everyone! So, it hasn’t rained in 5 days now, and it looks as though we may make it a full week! Thursday seems to be our next chance for the wet stuff. The farm has mostly dried out and we have been busy preparing ground for planting (albeit the same ground we prepped a month ago before monsoon season began!) I planted turnips, radishes, and rutabaga today and will plant spinach and arugula tomorrow. We are transplanting broccoli and cabbage and trying to reclaim some crops that were overtaken by the weeds during the wet spell. The crazy weather has taken a serious toll on the tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash (both summer and winter types). All we can do is keep moving ahead and hope for the best. (more…)

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Farm News – August 20, 2018

Hey Folks! “The sky is crying, Can’t you see the tears roll down the street” – Elmore James

So, we just can’t seem to get two days in a row without the heavens opening up on us! Oh well, we just have to tough it out and do the best we can. The farm is a muddy mess with puddles and deep ruts in the roads. Hopefully we will dry out soon. (more…)

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Farm News – August 13, 2018

Hi Everyone! One of my members with family in Seattle informed me that the Pacific Northwest is unusually hot and dry, and that they are plagued with forest fires just as is California. So, my stereotype of the region as a rainy place may no longer hold true. Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, and the British Isles too, are suffering with drought and excessive heat, and many farmers have lost their entire crop. Meanwhile here in the Northeast it’s the monsoon season! But there’s nothing odd going on with the climate folks! I guess this is the new normal- that there is no normal; we just have no idea from season to season what to expect. I hate to be all doom and gloom but perhaps I am merely mirroring the predominant gray skies! (more…)

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Farm News – August 6, 2018

Hi Folks, Another week and another 6” of rain!  All I can say is if I wanted to live somewhere it rained all the time I would have moved to Seattle!  Hopefully we are coming to the end of this wacky weather pattern and the jet stream will move back up into Canada where it belongs.  The tomatoes are starting to show signs of decline but we will fight the blight and try to keep them alive.  We are set back on our planting and for a few crops it’s too late for this season (like that last planting of sweet corn I had planned).  We do have lots of corn planted and the first of it began to mature late last week – the sweet treat I alluded to in my last update.  We hope to have enough for everyone this week, but if you don’t receive any you will for sure next week. (more…)

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Farm News – July 30, 2018

Hello Folks, “And the rain let up, and the sun came up, while we were getting dry”- Van Morrison.  It was a challenging week but it could have been worse, so I guess I’ll forego my usual whining about the weather.  I won’t even mention how many inches of rain we got (6).  The fields have mostly dried out, and on Sunday I was able to work some ground.  This afternoon I am going out to plant some seeds while my crew tries to catch up on the transplanting work.

The melons have begun to ripen, and last week a few lucky folks received watermelon as a surprise.  We will be starting to ship watermelon, cantaloupe and other melons in rotation during the next five or so weeks.  August is melon month!

It should be tomato month as well — if only they would start ripening!  The plants are healthy so far and are loaded with green fruit.  I expect we will have enough to ship some out to you by next week.  Soon we will have red and yellow peppers too, as well as another sweet treat (I don’t want to give up all my surprises).

The share for this week will be:  Garlic, lettuce, squash, cukes, peppers, eggplant, rainbow carrots, beans, either broccoli, cauliflower or red cabbage, choice of an herb and probably melon.  There will be tomatillos as an “extra”.  Premium shares will include a second lettuce and kale.

The fruit share for this week will be:  Nectarines and yellow plums.

Enjoy!  Farmer John

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Farm News – July 23, 2018

Hello Everyone!  So, we finally got some rain and now it doesn’t want to stop.  We are already at 3 inches with 2 more days of potentially substantial precipitation to come.  My crew worked though periodic sprinkles punctuated by heavy downpours and short burst of sunshine to get the harvesting done.  I had hoped to get some seeds in the ground but now it’s much too wet and will be for at least a week.  Nor is this good weather for the crops — both the melons and the tomatoes are susceptible to fungal diseases when it is this wet.  But all we can do is stay calm and soldier on! (more…)

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Farm News – July 16, 2018

Hi Everyone!  We received a bit of rain this past Sunday morning, about a half an inch.  We need more and it seems we have a shot at some precipitation tomorrow.  We have begun harvesting the garlic but we broke the under cutter blade that we use to loosen the ground for easier pulling.  When the soil gets dry, it also gets very hard.  We should have the parts to fix it in a few days, and hopefully with a good rain and softer ground, we can procced with the harvest.  (more…)

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Farm News – July 9, 2018

Hello Folks, it’s hot and it’s dry but that’s what it’s like in July!  At least temps have moderated a bit from last week’s brutal onslaught.  We did get about a quarter an inch of rain from some passing storms, but they mostly went around us.  I was hoping for more; what we got was okay for watering some recently planted seeds but not the deep soaking that the roots of the crops need.  So, we will be moving the sprinklers around.  There’s not much chance of precipitation in the forecast for the next week, but that could change. (more…)