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Farm News – August 22, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So we have finally gotten some relief from the heat!  The cold front brought us a small amount of rain as it moved in, a little more would have been welcome but at least there was no severe weather.  The heat wave took a toll on our lettuce production, causing many varieties to bolt prematurely.  We had to cut many heads at a very small size or lose them.  You will receive 2 or possibly even 3 small heads of lettuce this week.  The rest of the share is similar to recent weeks – lots of tomatoes, beans, peppers and eggplant. (more…)

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Farm News – August 15, 2016

Hi Folks!  It is my firm belief (or perhaps my desperate hope) that we are over the worse of the heat wave.  It’s been a tough couple of weeks!  I thought that it was forecast to break on Tuesday with some rain followed by more tolerable temperatures but now it seems the temps will climb toward the upper eighties later in the week with no real relief in sight until early next week.  The good news is that we received nearly 3 “of rain during the week a huge benefit to the fall crops that we have been seeding and transplanting. (more…)

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Farm News – August 8, 2016

Hello Everyone!  We received about 2/10 of an inch of rain on Saturday from a brief downpour.  It appears we will have multiple chances of precipitation during the week ahead and dry spell is over for now; I only hope it doesn’t start to rain too much.  The tomato crop is coming in heavy now, but many of the vines are succumbing to disease, and wet conditions serve to exacerbate the problem.  The squash crop is also quite prone to diseases such as powdery mildew, that are promoted by warm, wet conditions. (more…)

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Farm News – August 1, 2016

Hi Everyone! So we finally got some rain, a bit over 2 inches with a little more expected overnight.  We are very fortunate not to have been deluged.  I have heard that some NJ farmers were hit with 6” or more; and then there are those poor folks in Maryland.  Wow!  That seems to be the way it is these days – feast or famine, as they say. (more…)

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Farm News – July 25, 2016

Hi Folks, so it was another scorching week, and no rain fell.  We just received about a quarter of an inch of the wet stuff along with gale force winds at the time of this writing, with more possible this evening.  There are multiple chances for rain from thunderstorms later in the week into next week, so fingers crossed… (more…)


Circle Brook Fruit Share 2016

We will once again offer a fruit share for the 2016 season. It will be a slightly shorter season (12 weeks) and comes with some caveats.  All of the local fruit producers have had a very bad season due to late frosts and freezes in the spring.  Many have lost their entire crop of plums and apricots and have had significant losses with peaches and nectarines.  Normally most of the fruit we distribute comes from an organic farm in the Hudson Valley, NY.  While the farm grows their vegetable crops organically, the fruit is labeled Eco-grown.  This means that they adhere as much as possible to organic methods but do spray when necessary with products not approved for organic production.  These sprays are primarily early in the season when the fruit is just setting.  The farm regularly tests the fruit to insure it is free of pesticide residues. (more…)

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Farm News – July 18, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So the heat wave continues; great for those warm weather crops but not so easy on my crew and I.  We received ¾ of an inch of rain this past week from a downpour which lasted about 20 minutes.  While this is not ideal, we are grateful for any precipitation.  Eggplant and peppers have begun, and we are harvesting the first few tomatoes.  We believe we will have enough peppers and eggplant to provide a small quantity to all groups.  If we run short, we will start a rotation to cover all members in the next 2 weeks. (more…)

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Farm News – July 11, 2016

Hi Everyone, it was brutally hot last week but I guess most of you noticed that.  We continue to receive much needed rain and I am very busy catching up with planting.  We have another marvelous share for you this week.  It turns out we still have some snow and sugar snap peas available, although the quantity will be less.  We have delicious sweet onions with green tops (edible or good for soup stock).  These are not good keepers, so use them up within a week or so.  We are in rotation with the broccoli still, so it will be kale or broccoli, whatever you did not get last week.  We have abundant squash and cucumbers as well as cooking greens.   (more…)

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Farm News – July 4, 2016

Hi Folks!  So we finally got some rain:  about 2” from several passing storms.  Most of the precipitation came in deluges, which is less than ideal but we are grateful for what we get.  One of these I narrowly escaped as I rushed out of the field on my small seeding tractor after planting some carrots.  I had just pulled it into the barn when the skies opened up and I was trapped there for a half an hour until the heavy rain abated.  That’s the good news… (more…)

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Farm News – June 27, 2016

Hello Everyone!  So we are still waiting for some rain.  There is some in the forecast for tonight and Tuesday but they have been wrong so many times now…  I mentioned a rain dance in last week’s episode.  My form of rain dance is to head out into the fields on my seeding tractor to do some planting.  This has worked often in the past to get the skies to open up but I tried it last week and only managed to squeeze out a few drops! (more…)