Farm News – August 31, 2020

Circle Brook Farm
Circle Brook Farm

Hi Everyone!  We received .4 inches of rain from the remnants of Laura on Saturday.  We may get a little more precipitation tomorrow.  Soil moisture is good, seeds are sprouting, and the transplants have taken root.  Mostly moderate temperatures are forecast for the week ahead but with some cool nights.

Shorter days and cool nights slow down the production of the warm weather crops, such as peppers, eggplant, and summer squash.  The eggplant production had already dropped off because in extreme heat the plants drop their flowers without forming a fruit.  The plants are healthy and loaded with flowers now, but they take longer to mature their fruit and it will be smaller than before.  We expect to be able to distribute eggplant one more time to everyone over the next few weeks.  The same is true for the summer squash – the third planting is just beginning to produce.  We should have zucchini for you once or twice more before we move into the winter squash.  Spaghetti squash is coming soon!  We are also working on getting everyone a watermelon over the next several weeks.

The share for this week will be:  Peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, rainbow carrots, leeks, kale, arugula or tatsoi, basil, and a melon or watermelon.  Premium shares will also receive radishes.

The fruit share for this week will be:  Zestar apples and Italian plums.

Enjoy!  Farmer John

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