Hi Everyone! So, we don’t have levees, but if it keeps on raining something’s going to break! I guess it might be my heart, or maybe the bank – 5 inches this week! It is times like these when we are grateful for our light topsoil and sandy subsoil. But even with these blessings, there is still water pooling and puddling on the surface. This is the reason that we plant most everything on raised beds – it keeps the crops just a few inches above the standing water. It seems that we might have a few days without precipitation, so I might have a chance to get some seeds in the ground. (more…)
Hello Folks! I guess that you do not need to hear it from me, but it was a rainy week – almost five inches here on the farm. Most of it – four inches – fell Sunday afternoon and evening. Fortunately, there were a few dry days in between that allowed me to get some seed planting done. Some of what we grow is transplanted, but a lot of crops – spinach, cilantro, arugula, beans, and all the root crops – are direct seeded. We use mechanical seeders that are mounted to a small tractor, the Allis-Chalmers G. (more…)
Hi all, Happy Independence Day! I hope you have enjoyed the extra-long weekend. We continue to be inundated with heavy rains and apparently at least one overnight hailstorm, judging by the ripped spinach and chard leaves. New Jersey averages about 45 “of precipitation per year, which comes out to a little less than an inch per week, which would be perfect. Six weeks of drought followed by 7” of rain in two weeks is less than ideal. We are struggling to keep up with the weeds and I am falling behind on my planting schedule, but at least we are not constantly moving the sprinklers around! (more…)
Hi Folks! So, now after a dry spring, it’s looking like it’s going to rain every day for the rest of the summer! Don’t get me wrong – we still need some precipitation to replenish the soil moisture and the first few storm brought us only about an inch and a quarter, which only wet the top 4 inches of the soil. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing though, and these types of storms often come with damaging winds and hail (a four-letter word here on the farm). The rain gauge is marking 2” currently – today’s total thus far, from a storm that began 3 hours ago and is predicted to continue for three more. It’s going to be a muddy mess out in the fields as we try to harvest this week! (more…)
Hello Folks! So, we received about 1.2 inches of rain from three separate storms over the past week. Not as much as we would have liked, but enough that we could take a break from moving the sprinklers around constantly and prepare some more ground for planting. We are heading into scattered thunderstorm territory, hopefully some of these will scatter some precipitation on us. (more…)
Hi Folks, So here we go, let’s get this party started! As I write, the rain has begun; the first significant precipitation in 6 weeks. Perhaps that is why I am in a festive mood. We have been busy moving the sprinklers around the fields, trying to get the seeds to germinate, the seedlings to grow, and the peas to plump up their pods. Now that I have my full crew in place, we are back on track. The summer crops are growing nicely, and the spring crops are beginning to mature. The peas have flowering profusely, and the first English peas will be ready by the end of the week. We have nice lettuce and beautiful spinach as well as the first zucchini of the season. (more…)
Happy winter everyone! It is time to register for the 2023 CSA season! Know your farmer. Know your food.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members pre-pay for “shares” in a local organic farm at the beginning of the season in March when the farmer most needs the money. Then during the harvest from June through November, the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs, and some fruit.
100% of your food dollars go to the person who is growing it. You support sustainable, local agriculture and get freshly picked organic produce at reasonable prices. In addition, you know the farmer growing your vegetables and can visit the farm – establishing a personal connection with your food supply. (more…)
Hi Everyone, So, we have reached the end of the line for this season. I would say the finish line, but my crew and me still have several more weeks to finish out the season. There is still some garlic to be planted, the stock up shares to put together, and various root crops to harvest for storage through the winter and into next spring. And there are a myriad of other chores to be done, to put the farm to bed for the winter. As I mentioned last week, we are entering a very cold stretch of weather. We have been busy harvesting many of the crops that will be in the shares this week and in the stock-up before they are damaged. And we have been moving many of the crops in storage into the barn where they can be better protected from the cold nights ahead. (more…)
Hi everyone, So, I guess we knew this balmy weather couldn’t last forever! We have two nights of frost coming up and then a brief warming before some truly frigid air rolls in over the weekend. We will be shifting gears from protecting the tender crops from a few hours of below freezing temperatures, to covering the cold tolerant crops to protect them from being damaged by temps in the mid-twenties. (more…)
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you are all enjoying this spooky holiday. We made it through several very cold nights over the weekend with minimal damage to the crops and are looking forward to a week of sunshine and mild temperatures. We are busy here on the farm preparing beds to plant the garlic and digging the last few beds of sweet potatoes. As soon as the last of the sweets are out, we can begin planting our final round of cover crops – winter rye and hairy vetch. These serve to protect the fields from wind erosion over the winter, build organic matter in the soil, and provide straw for mulching other crops next season. (more…)