Midway through the Season!
This week was on the dry side and we did have to start irrigating some fields. The crew spent a lot of time harvesting, both for the CSA and the Hoboken Tomato Tasting. One of our Heirloom tomato fields is at its peak of production, but more will be coming from other fields. About the only field work accomplished this week was to tie up and trellis some cucumbers, beans and tomatoes so that we can get in with the weed whacker and to clean up between the rows to give the produce more room to breathe.
In between field work and harvesting, the crew has been cleaning garlic. With the tomato tasting event we have to pull the crew during a few days prior to get ready for the event, but during this week we make it a priority to catch up.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The seeded carrots are coming along nicely. This crop of carrots will be normal “orange” carrots. We do hope you liked the rainbow carrots we delivered earlier in the season. The areas of the greenhouse that have been harvested have been replanted for fall delivery. This includes New Zealand spinach and arugula.
From the Fields: The newly seeded crops are all up and growing. Michael weeded the first planting of beets, Oriental greens, cilantro, turnips, radishes and Daikon radishes. These will be showing up in the deliveries soon. The next planting of dill, white globe radishes, maruba, sen posi, prizehead lettuce and beets have all germinated. They do need a nice rain, but all in all are doing well. The later planting of tomatoes is looking good for a late harvest as well as tomatillos. Our late planting of zucchini is on track for deliveries soon. The Oriental cucumber planting unfortunately collapsed. The plants just died back overnight. They were gorgeous one day and the next day the plants were wilted.
The chicory is doing well and some thinnings will be harvested. When we perform thinning it allows the remaining plants to grow to full size.
Our crop of Jerusalem Artichokes (otherwise known as sunchokes) are really doing well. They are always on the docket for October delivery. We should have twice as month as last year so we hope to deliver them twice this year. Our broccoli patch is not doing well, but we’ll remain optimistic.
Weather Report: It continues to be very dry. We had to run water in the back field which has the sandier soil. We will have to run water on the newly seeded patches if it doesn’t rain soon. The temperatures are now cooler and the crew one morning during harvest actually had to wear gloves! The days are getting shorter, and our start time of 6:00 am has to be move to 6:30 as it is still dark at the farm. We are thinking of getting the crew some miner lamp helmets!!!
Animal report: We noticed a break-in right at the front gate and we don’t know exactly what creature is invading the field. Since there is clover right inside that gate, Farmer Rich is thinking it may be a skunk. More reason we should get those Miners Lamp helmets for our early morning opening of the gates at the farm!!!! During lunch time one day, a small bear decided to stroll past our picnic area looking for additional snacks, since it had visited the night before and dumped out the wrappers from lunch.
Annual Garlic Fest – Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street October 14th 1-5 pm
Week of August 27th - 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.