We enjoyed a great day at the farm on Saturday with the CSA members and friends helping out with the exciting job of weeding. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was cool and overcast with a nice breeze and no humidity. Farmer Sue cooked up some red, white and blue potatoes which were just harvested as well as onions and peppers.
Thanks to all who made the trip to help out, we really appreciated it.
The Sussex Farm & Horse Show (The NJ State Fair) starts on Friday. The Open Vegetable Show judging is on Saturday at 12 noon and Farmer Rich was asked to be a judge this year. 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: www.newjerseystatefair.org.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: Dory, Michael and Farmer Rich staked up the eggplant and pepper plants as the plants are quite large this year. Weeding was also done to get the celery, peppers and eggplant under control. We planted most of the eggplant in the Franklin greenhouse as there is less problems with insects. We had to pull out the husk cherries as they weren’t doing well, though we do have a nice section of them in a field at Art’s farm.
From the Fields: All the potatoes are not harvested and we have started to deliver to each of the drop-off sites. We will need to replow and disc the fields for replanting. What normally happens this time of year is that about ½ of the fields are now fallow and will need to be planted for the fall crops. Dory has been seeding in the greenhouse for transplanting; Sen Posi, Maruba, Red Streak Mustard (Oriental Greens) and about four different varieties of lettuce. Some of the plants were planted in the rows which were wrapped in plastic and luckily did not succumb to the hot since as most of the week was cooler.
The fruit deliveries will be starting soon. We hope that next week we will have some peaches. The orchards, like us are delayed in their harvests. We started the veggie deliveries about two weeks later than normal and the orchards are on about the same time frame.
Lettuce, escarole and radicchio will need to be transplanted before they go into the field. These plants need to be more mature before field planting.
It has gone from too wet to a bit too dry over the past week. The irrigation system is working well on the front fields. We will need to get some water on the leeks and herbs in the back field. We enjoyed great temperatures and low humidity all week.
A few rabbits decided to investigate what was going on in the greenhouse and smiled as Farmer Rich & crew stopped by to retrieve some supplies for the field. Since the nights are getting cooler we can only image they are enjoying the heat of the greenhouse. The greenhouse they are in doesn’t have anything in it for them to eat!
NJ State Fair – Sussex County Farm & Horse Show – August 1st to August 10th. More info: http://www.njstatefair.com/
Annual Heirloom Tomato Tasting – Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street
August 24th 1-5 pm
Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce for sale as well.
July 28th - 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.