New Field awaits…
Our new field is still not complete. We have had a series of setbacks during the week that delayed its finish. We had trouble with our water line to the fields so this took precedence over finishing the field. Then after harvesting on Sunday we accidentally cut the drip tape, which always seems to happen, so our afternoon was spent fixing the drip tape problem instead of putting up fencing.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The plantings are coming along nicely, though a bit delayed. The microgreens in the Franklin Greenhouse have been harvested for some of the drop-off locations for this week. Next week we hope to have microgreens available for the other drop-offs. Seeded this week in Franklin were oriental greens and we transplanted some chard transplants.
All the onions have been pulled are in curing in the greenhouse. They should make it into next week’s delivery. The beds that they were harvested from are being reworked and we plan on planting eggplant, pickling cucumbers, oriental greens and probably some tomatoes in these beds.
<<<<<The greenhouse tomato plants are doing well with tomatoes ripening up daily.
From the Fields: The garlic crop as well as the fava beans appears to be coming along on the early side this year. The crew planted eggplant, tomatillos and peppers during the week. We have many transplants just waiting to go into the new field. Many herbs varieties that include dill and cilantro are to be planted as well as more tomatoes, peppers and eggplant once the fence is up. Another planting of lettuce is also on the schedule for the week.
We lost some turnips as they bolted, which is a disappointment.
Weather Report: We fortunately had a few days without rain and the wet fields enjoyed a drying out period. The plants under the plastic are dry believe it or not, so the drip irrigation was started. Hot weather is slated for the end of the week so we need to be alert to our beds wrapped in plastic to ensure that the drip irrigation systems are all working.
Animal report: The groundhogs decided to leave the kale alone this week and we have secured the fencing around the field that they had broken into. The family of rabbits is still enjoying the clover and just loves the weeds, which is a little embarrassing.
Rainbow Carrots are in your delivery today. This carrot seed mix produces a "rainbow" of carrots, from salmon-orange, yellow to white with an occasional deep red. Each has their own unique flavor!
A few research points; carrots, originally grew in a variety of colors, with hues including white, pale yellow, purple, red and black. There are actually temple drawings in Egypt depicting the carrot in hieroglyphs circa 2,000 B.C. as a purple root vegetable said to have healing powers. In the 1500’s the Dutch Royal Family adopted the orange carrot as a royal symbol for The House of Orange. Dutch agricultural scientists and growers used a mutant yellow carrot seed from North Africa to develop an orange carrot that was less bitter than the current varieties of the period. This is the standard color of the carrot that we find around the world today.
Week of June 18th - 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 at anytime during the season. 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.