Happy 4th of July !
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Garlic Harvest is in progress. We have already pulled a number of varieties and are about half-done. The garlic in your delivery today is Music and all-in-all we have about 16 different varieties. We like to deliver the different varieties so that you can taste the differences in their flavors. This early fresh garlic does not yet have the full-flavors set in, as that will come with the curing process over time.
The deliveries are progressing well, and above last year’s levels that were impacted by severe wet & cold weather. We have ongoing plantings, such as when the garlic harvest ends, the beds are tilled up to be readied for the next crop. We are a bit behind on some of these plantings but are catching up.
The round field is now planted. We only have to worry about the current dry weather so the irrigation system will be ready to go soon. It is entirely planted but for one row. Once that last row is planted we think we’ll pop a bottle of champagne! It was indeed a difficult project and virtually a mountain of rocks had to be removed to make it tillable.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The whole greenhouse has almost been totally converted after the onions and carrots were harvested. There will be lots of baby greens coming, probably next week. Renee is off for a few days vacation and Farmer Rich hopes that he can keep everything alive while she is gone.
From the Fields: On schedule are additional plantings of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. We still have to seed Daikon radishes, Oriental greens and fall crops. It is only the beginning of July, and we have time. Many harvested crops are actually ahead of schedule, mostly due to the weather. We are waiting to hear from the fruit farmers on how the fruit harvests will be, as there was a late freeze in May that may impact the harvests of apples, nectarines, plums and pears. We will keep you posted as we get closer to the seasonal fruit.
Meanwhile, the greenhouses on the farm are still active. We have transplanted another seeding of squash, cucumbers, lettuce, escarole, chard, and Chinese cabbage. These will all be transplanted in the fields over the next few weeks.
Weather Report: Hot, Hot & Hotter! The crew has been doing a great job during this super hot spell. They have been arriving at the farm around 6 am so that most of the work can be accomplished before the mid-day sun worsens the conditions. This has worked out well all week and probably a precursor to how the summer will be.
Animal report: The rabbits seem to multiplying every day. Every time we turn around there is one seemingly smiling at us!
Week of July 2nd - 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.