Much needed rain….
We finally have received some much needed rain. It has been raining ever since Friday. It is the great "soaking-in" kind of rain that really helps the crops. Most of the rain came on Sunday, & even though dampened the attendance at the 7th Annual Hoboken Heirloom Tomato Tasting, we had a great day. We want to thank Holly & Bob for all their help and to all the volunteers who help make this such a great event. It was a group effort from volunteers cutting up the produce for tasting throughout the afternoon, talking with customers about the event & the CSA to Valerie & Eric helping me at the checkout. Without everyone's help such an event is not possible - thank you - thank you - thank you!!!!!
The next tasting will be @ Ramsey Day on September ew are set up 9th, our 5th year there. At this event we have the help of volunteers from The Woman's Club of Ramsey. We hope to meet many of you there.
From the Fields: The newly seeded crops were definitely failing and fortunately this rain has perked them up. The greens, radishes & turnips despite being watered by Farmer Rich were not responding but this rain has turned them around. Our late planting of tomatoes, squash & cucumbers are looking good. The first planting has given up. Farmer Rich is trying to get a seeding of arugula in the greenhouse for late delivery. That will be the last seeding before planting garlic in October. We will be scheduling a trip to the farm to plant garlic sometime in October and will keep you posted.
Weather Report:The night temperatures have been on the cool side slowing the tomatoes & the other warm weather crops. While this seems unusual is not. The first year we grew we actually had a low temperature of 34˚F in the beginning of August and the tomato production was not compromised (until the deer ate all the tomatoes a few weeks later). Now all of our fields are fenced in, so we usually only have to deal with the occasional groundhog & rabbits sneaking in for a snack!
Animal Report: The pesky groundhog continues to sneak in new ways. This week's menu included beets & carrots. This field is scheduled to be re-fenced in the fall or early spring as the fencing is over 5 years old.
Fruit Report: This week we have a great heirloom apple variety; Tydeman from Windy Brow farm. Tydeman's descended from McIntosh in 1945 by virtue of a crossing with the little known Worcester Permain at the British East Malling Research Station. Beneath the thin, slick-feeling skin is a near-white, fine-textured flesh bearing a mild, enticing flavor. Great for applesauce and a good all-around summer apple.
· Tomato Tasting - September 9th - Ramsey Day (raindate September 10th)
· Garlic Gathering - October 7-8 -
Finding a spot to stand
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