We anticipated more field work early this past week, as the weather had improved. We were going to plow up the potato field and plant some fall greens but the tractor would not start. Just another trial and tribulation to add to the dreadful season we have been having. A neighboring farmer came to our rescue on Sunday to repair the tractor. This delayed our field work, but we were able to get some transplanting done with endive & collards. One main field was tilled up on Sunday and we were able to seed arugula. The rest of the day was spent getting the deliveries ready so we can work early on Monday before Farmer Rich heads south for the deliveries.
We do hope to get the whole field seeded on Monday morning with Chinese greens, lettuce and spinach for the later season deliveries. This all should have been done weeks ago, but with the dreadful weather we could not get this accomplished. We do hope that the weather will continue to cooperate and these crops will be able to grow and be harvested before the end of the season.
The tomatoes at ours as well at all the neighboring farms continue to have problems with the blight. The production of any of our tomatoes is not nearly what it should be. Our sources for more good local tomatoes are running thin, but we keep trying.
Our gorgeous cucumber plants decided to shut down on or about Thursday. Farmer Rich and the girls harvested what they could. The same thing happened at our fields at Scott's in Unionville. At least half of the potatoes in Scott's fields have been harvested and will continue to be delivered over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile in our Franklin greenhouse we cleared a bed for planting Oriental greens. The basil today's delivery was harvested from the greenhouse.
From the Fields: The wet conditions have impacted most of the field crops, from broccoli to cabbage. The chard & kale are doing ok, but not great. We haven't been able to deliver much chard/kale yet. The sweet pepper plants continue to be one of our best producers. The winter squash plants that were planted at the work-day at the farm on the 16th are doing great. We can only hope that they bear fruit before the end of October.
Weather Report: Cooler overnight temperatures have arrived. This has been nice to harvest the crops in the early morning hours. The cooler temperatures do however start to shut down the warm weather crops. Saturday night brought more rain (which we certainly don't need).
Pick of the Week: click on the links below or to the right to bring you to the delivery specific to your pick-up location. Deliveries will be of similar variety & poundage, but may contain different items. Occasionally, some crops are ready to harvest but not enough to deliver to all our drop-off locations. What we do is start to filter them in each week to a different drop-off until there is enough to delivery to everyone.