Apologies first for a run of weeks with no farm note. Our internet has been going down every time we have a rain storm. As those of you who have ventured out to pick muddy flowers and sungold tomatoes know—this is a weather pattern that has synchronized nicely with Thursday farm pick-up.
It is wet and it is muddy out in the fields. Crops that were well established before the rainy spell are still growing like gangbusters. The potatoes, winter squash and dry beans are having a stellar year. Onions were harvested earlier this week and came in with over three times the yield of last year’s crop. With individual onions at 2 lbs a piece. The fingers of the fingerling potatoes belong to giants.
The weeds have enjoyed the weather more than any of the crops even; they have been hard to manage and keep growing not matter how you cultivate, easily replanting themselves with the next good, drenching rain. It has not, of course, been an ideal year for peppers and melons. The plants have grown well, but the fruits are not as big and tasty as in a dry year.
We still have plenty of tomatoes each week for canning, as well as summer squash, and cucumbers. Talk to me at pick up if you are interested in reserving any to put up. Extra veggies are free to the all you can eat veggie share members, wholesale prices to others.
In the Farm Shares
In the veggie share: Garlic, kim chee, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, lettuce mix, mesclun mix, fingerling potatoes, sweet summer onions, red and white cooking onions, scallions, cucumbers, summer squash, broccoli shoots, green and savoy cabbage, carrots, beets, kale, chard, basil, fresh cut herbs, u-cut flowers and sungolds, wheat berries, whole wheat flour—all purpose and pastry, and dry beans. More successions of sweet corn coming soon. Watermelons and cantaloupes are full grown on the vines and waiting for a spell of good, hot weather to ripen up.
In the meat share: wonderful, hand made soap from Reber Rock Farm from our lard. Beef, pork and broiler chickens in the freezer. We have beef stock, chicken organs and lard available as well.