NJ State Fair Starts !
The NJ State Fair – Sussex County Farm & Horse Show starts on Friday. The crew will be exhibiting again this year in the Open Vegetable Show. Ali, Lisa, Dory, Renee and Michael all plan on entering exhibits are we hope for many blue ribbons. Lisa and our Mr Fix It, John, also plan on exhibiting their dairy cows. Lisa has a Brown Swiss and John has a Jersey and we eagerly anticipate seeing them in the ring. As of this writing the calves are getting a haircut and shampoo so they will look great during their debut at the fair.
The Open Vegetable Show judging is on Saturday at 12 noon so we will have the results for next week’s newsletter. We hope that all of the crew members are in contention for the top 5 placements. If you visit the fairgrounds, stop by the greenhouse and you will be able to see the veggie exhibits. The fair has many wonderful events from livestock shows, outdoor entertainment, tractor pulls, 4-H exhibits, creative arts, photography, wine tasting and of course their famous Horse Show. It makes a great day out. More information can be found at: http://www.newjerseystatefair.org.
The harvest year this year is less stressful than last, where were had too wet conditions. Each week’s harvest is far larger than last year’s as well as more variety. The fruit this year is on the scarce side due to the freeze we had in the late spring. The freeze destroyed the buds which produce the fruit. We are working with the farmers that have provided fruit in the past they will do all they can to try to supply us with fruit.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: Renee has been rolling over some beds. There were a few crop failures with the Oriental greens in the greenhouse. Carrots will be a new crop to go into these beds. The salad burnet that is in tonight’s delivery was harvested from the Franklin greenhouse. The herbs that we have planted there are all doing well. This includes: rosemary, sage, ginger, China Rose radishes, husk cherries, hot peppers, basil, and greens.
From the Fields:
|The crops that Michael seeded are all up. We have a new section in the field to seed this week. Radishes, turnips, beets and Oriental greens are slated for this project. The kale keeps cranking along. There are lots & lots of kale this year. Last year we didn’t have any. I have added a link in the recipe section to 6 ways to Love Kale!! |
The transplanted squash from three weeks ago is almost ready to harvest in about 10-14 days. The yard-long beans are doing well as is the lettuce planting. We have a new chard variety that is growing a bit on the slow side and probably won’t be ready for harvest for another two weeks. The fava greens have been enjoying the recent rain.
Weather Report: We received at least 1” of rain over the past week. Fortunately this rain is not only helping the crops but has also filled the pond back up. Farmer Rich gets nervous when the pond drops, which it did over the past several weeks. The pond was down almost 12” at one point. Saturday, a front moved through which brought hail to the area. At the farm, Farmer Rich watched as the hail stones fell but most actually melted just before impact. There is some minor hail damage to some crops but fortunately none were lost.
Animal report: The voles seem to have a full run of the farm, they tunnel through the fields and will often take a bite out the leaves of all different crops. Farmer Rich and the crew noted a fawn just outside the new field. The fawn isn’t big enough to jump the fences yet!
|NJ State Fair – Sussex County Farm & Horse Show – starts August 3rd. More info: http://www.njstatefair.com/|
Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting – Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street
Week of July 30th - 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.