Farm News – September 13, 2021
Hi Folks! So, as best I can tell we received between 12 and 14 inches of rain from the two storms over the last ten days. This is equal to a quarter of the average annual rainfall for our area! The damage has taken some time to manifest itself. We lost about a half an acre of sweet corn, a few thousand fall brassica plants, and virtually all the field tomatoes. We were unable to use tractors for cultivation until yesterday, so now we are battling the weeds that have overtaken a few crops. We lost the third planting of summer squash because it was in a low area that stayed saturated for too long. Fortunately the fourth planting is just starting to produce, so we expect to have zucchini for you over the next couple of weeks.
It could have been much worse, and we will still have plenty of great produce for you as we roll through the second half of the season. We are waiting on the last planting of green beans to begin, and for now have production only from our pole beans. We also have some lima beans and some edamame soybeans, so we will be sending some groups these in lieu of string beans. We also have some broccoli beginning to head up; this will be in rotation along with green cabbage over the next couple of weeks, until everyone has received both. We will also be trying to get everyone a few more tomatoes over the next few weeks.
The share for this week will be: Summer squash, kale, beets, yellow onions, potatoes, green cabbage or broccoli, celery root, shishito peppers, bok choy, beans (of some sort!), choice of basil or parsley, possibly a few tomatoes or cherry tomatoes. Premium shares will also include shallots and daikon.
The fruit share for this week will be: Hardy (Siberian) kiwi and Italian(prune) plums.
Enjoy! Farmer John