If you believe as I do that every farm has a persona, then ours may well be a buxom grandmother from the old country. “Eat!” she says. “Eat!” Baby greens and exotic varieties are not her thing, but she loves to fill bellies, and will heap your plate with meat and potatoes, hearty roots, whole grains, leafy greens. That is what I was thinking this week, as we brought in four of our biggest harvests of the year.
First, potatoes. We planted two acres on good ground and the yield was fantastic; 15:1 would be my conservative guess. We have more than 10 tons of reds, whites and blues curing in the covered barnyard now. The best part is that unlike last year, the tubers are huge, which made harvest very satisfying for us, and will make peeling a joy for you. Thank you to the Essex Farmers, who pushed through one long hard day to get them in. The last ones came in under a bright moon.
The next day, the Fledging Crow crew joined us for the first round of cabbage harvest. Again, the yield was phenomenal, with huge, sweet, rock-hard heads. Thank you so much, Crows! Yesterday was a big carrot harvest day. There are more in the field, along with the big loads of beets, rutabaga, kohlrabi, and celeriac, but it was a good start.
The phones are abuzz right now with farmers looking to make trades for their bumper crops. Our produce is so good and plentiful this year, we have a lot to offer…” (Continue reading this Essex Farm Note.)
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