Heat - Repeat
As you can see reading our weather report below it has been exceedingly hot as you all probably are feeling it too! We have the first delivery of sweet corn from Farmers Heather & Adam Hubbard, whose farm is just around the corner from us. There is nothing like local fresh corn. Eat as soon as possible for maximum sweetness! Remember it is no spray corn, so you may encounter a worm hole or two. With weather permitting we should be able to deliver their corn for the next few weeks.
From the Fields: The crops are responding to the rain that we did receive. We transplanted cucumbers and a final planting of zucchini. We have an ongoing process of staking the cucumbers to keep them off the ground. We seeded Tokyo Bekana and Shanghi Cabbage to replace the Japanese turnips that failed. They are up and doing well. We have a new seeding of chard planted for fall harvest. Cilantro & more beets have also been seeded for the fall as well as fennel, collards & Chinese cabbage.
Weather Report:Hot-Hot & more hot! It has been the hottest we have seen for this long a stretch including last year. We have had to close down field work early in the day as it is impossible to work. In place of working in the field, Farmer Rich & helper Leslie have been cleaning up the garlic harvest. We did receive some rain which gave us a nice break from having to irrigate, although on Monday Farmer Rich did have to start irrigating the fields. It looks like another week of excessive heat. The excessive heat caused another set back in the tomatoes, as if the day temperatures are too hot the blossoms drop off the plant and the plant will not bear any fruit. We are just starting to see some tomatoes on the vine, though not enough to start delivering. We hope to have some tomatoes within the next week or two.
Animal Report: Luckily no problems this past week. No bear, no deer, no groundhog, no birds. Guess it is too hot for them too.
Fruit Report: Plums are from Windy Brow this week and Farmer Jim says that the peach harvest is starting, so look forward to peaches next week.
· NJ State Fair - Aug 4-13th -
· Tomato Tasting - September 9th - Ramsey Day
· Garlic Gathering - October 7-8 -
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