Westfield Area CSA Blog
In last weeks update I said that I was hoping the weatherman was wrong about the rain predicted. Well he was correct about the precipitation, only most of it fell as heavy wet snow out here, causing havoc on the highways and preventing us from making our Tuesday deliveries! My apologies to all those who were inconvenienced by this, but both Rt. 206 and I-80 were closed all afternoon.We simply couldn’t get there from here! (more…)
We received some needed rain this past weekend; almost 3 inches it would appear. It’s been 2 weeks since the last precipitation and we had begun moving the sprinklers around again. While the remaining crops will certainly benefit from the moisture, the ground is now so wet that it is making it difficult to harvest the rest of the potatoes.
While winter is still officially more than 2 months away, the cold weather is coming on fast! Last night we dropped down into the mid 20’s out here in the cold northwestern corner of the state. This constitutes a hard freeze rather than simply a frost, but most of what remains in the field is quite hardy and can endure these temperatures, at least briefly. (more…)
This past week we transplanted the last of the lettuces and planted the last seeds for crops to be harvested this year. We have almost finished harvesting the winter squash, with only some spaghetti squash left to gather. The only major harvest left is the potato crop which we will be digging over the next week or two. (more…)
An unexpected frost this past Friday dashed my hopes for a late season harvest of string beans and zucchini. It was a very light frost but it was enough to burn the leaves of the peppers and eggplant as well. Today, Monday we harvested all of the remaining fruit from these two crops, in anticipation of another (predicted this time!) frost tonight. (more…)
We received some much needed rain this past weekend that has helped to germinate my final (almost) round of seed planting and enables the fall lettuces and brassicas to continue growing beautifully. Now I’m hoping for a nice warm Indian summer to allow a late planting of beans and zucchini to begin producing; at least for a week or two. We are transitioning back to the cool weather crops, such as broccoli (in 2 weeks) and the fall treats like winter squash and parsnips, but for now we will continue to enjoy the last of the summer veggies. (more…)
We’ve enjoyed spectacularly beautiful weather these past 2 weeks but now we are in need of rain once again. There is a chance for some showers at the end of this week, meanwhile it’s back to moving the sprinklers around! Most of the seed I have been planting these past 2 weeks has germinated well, and I continue to plant, at least for a few more days. (more…)