What a great crew we have working at the farm. We knew we were going to be short of help on Sunday so the bulk of the harvest had to get done on Saturday and into the cooler, all before the sun warmed up the greens. We started harvesting at 5:00 am with just a hint of the rising sun and we completed the harvest and bunching of the greens by 9:00 am. Now that the days are getting shorter we hope that we won’t have to go out the miner helmets on to light up the field! To round out the day they finished planting the round field and we then had a barbeque in the picnic area.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The blue potatoes in the greenhouse are doing as well, if not better than our field potatoes. We probably tripled the eggplant plantings in the greenhouse over last year and they are doing tremendous. The ginger on the other hand is very slow this year. The hot peppers and celery are doing very well and the White Radishes will probably be harvested in two weeks. Once we harvest the potatoes we plan on seeding either beets or greens in the bed. The eggplant should run through the end of the season but there are five different varieties so at least you will have a change every now and then.
From the Fields: The round field is finally planted! Ronnie & John laid down the beds during the week and the crew planted peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli and dinosaur kale and seeded two rows of zucchini and a row of cabbage. The round field is sheltered from the wind and is probably the hottest field to work in at the farm. We surely have quite a few “micro-climates” at the farm. The crew stuck out the heat and did complete the planting over the course of two days.
The previously planted crops in the other fields are doing well and the weather has been cooperating for a change. The fava beans are “beaning” up and should be ready for harvest soon. Also, it looks like we will have a bumper crop of potatoes this year. We planted All Blue and All Red varieties and both of them appear to exceed our expectations.
Animal report: The baby rabbits are now abit bigger but are staying outside of the fence and eating the clover and alfalfa. Lisa mowed this weekend and unfortunately for the rabbits mowed down their clover and alfalfa patch. Farmer Rich caught them a few times looking around and wondering where all their grasses went!
Trip to the Farm – Saturday - July 26th – we are planning on having a trip to the farm to those CSA members who would like to drive up and help with a few projects. More details will follow over the next few weeks. Save the date!
What’s Up & Growing: Here is an overview of what is up & growing on the Farm:
|Beans (3 varieties) |
Chinese Cabbage Collards
|Fava Beans |
Ginger (planted late)
New Zealand Spinach
June 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.