I was away for a few days this week and when I came back I could see the farm had shifted. Mark had left a welcome home note on the counter. “We just passed that moment where the plants were unencumbered by blights, greens untouched by yellows,” it read. “Midsummer is here.” That was it. We moved from growth to maturity this week. The plants are putting energy into their fruits now, and the little niggling pests and diseases have taken that lovely bloom off the leaves. No matter. Nothing is meant to last forever, and there is beauty in every phase.
This year has offered us better growing conditions than we could have hoped for. We are deep in cucumbers and zucchinis now, green beans and lettuce and herbs. We’ll have green bell peppers in the share today. The first red tomatoes are trickling in, and we expect enough for the share next Friday. Two, maybe three weeks until sweet corn, and after that, with luck, the cantaloupes.
We are not growing much grain this year. No field corn, no oats. This spring we decided to bare fallow some land, to get control of the weeds; in a few weeks, we’ll seed to cover crops, to have it ready for next year. We did grow a few acres of soft white winter wheat, and now it’s close to maturity…Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.
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