Hot - Hot- Hot After an unusually cool spring the current extreme hot & dry conditions have started to ruin the cool weather crops. Fortunately we have a very early delivery of cauliflower which just loved growing on those cool spring days. The spinach is beginning to bolt, but we were able to harvest it on Sunday. A few varieties of Oriental greens bolted prematurely and will be replanted. We currently are replanting cauliflower, spinach and more Oriental greens for autumn deliveries. So far the broccoli, fava beans, peas & late plantings of lettuce are doing well in the fields. They do need water & a break in this extreme heat. Farmer Rich is irrigating the fields from the pond and it looks like cooler weather is on it's way on Wednesday night.
Leslie, a local neighbor, is helping on the farm on Saturdays with planting, transplanting, weeding & with general farm duties. Last week she transplanted a number of cherry tomato plants to make a "pick-your-own" patch for any CSF members who visit the farm can pick their own cherry tomatoes. We will let you know when they are ready to harvest. This past Saturday, Leslie transplanted the summer squash in the field. Four different varieties have been planted. We welcome aboard our new farm-hand!
Strawberry Report - We have strawberries this week from our neighboring farmer Diane. We don't grow strawberries on our farm but we do network with other farmers close to use to bring variety to your deliveries & supplement the CSF share. Diane, like us, is not certified organic and she does not use any chemical fertilizer or sprays. The fruit deliveries from Windy Brow farm will start in July, so look forward to some great plums and peaches soon.
Country Sampler Share In past years we have been able to offer a country-sampler-share so members could choose to have a once-a-month delivery of free-range eggs, goat cheese, goat fudge & honey. This year we are not able to offer it due to problems coordinating with the other farmers. If things change, we will keep you posted.
Crop Report - What's Up & Growing - Some eggplant, peppers & more tomatoes are waiting to the transplanted into a prepared field. This week they should go in. The early tomatoes that were planted in the hoop-house are doing really well and are beginning to flower. Hopefully Farmer Rich will re-seed the spinach patch which has been tilled and ready for planting. Kale, herbs, perpetual spinach and a row of tomatoes are slated to be planted there.