Colors Starting to Change !
The trees are starting to turn color so it is pretty time of year to be at the farm. According to AccuWeather.com; "Experts say the summer season has set the stage for potentially exceptional fall colors in the Northeast, though the weather through mid-October will ultimately determine how stellar of a display will emerge."
We have a lot of ash, oak and maple which does make a stunning display at peak foliage. Interestingly the Catalpa tree just turns black after a frost, which is the "ugliest" of all.
Michael and Farmer Rich expanded the picnic area by removing some brush, fallen trees and overgrown bushes on Wednesday. Farmer John brush hogged the upper field, which is an ongoing project. This will put that field back into hay production.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: Dory transplanted oriental greens and lettuce in the greenhouse. An additional 4-5 flats are set to be transplanted over the next week. We have the beds ready, just timing the planting for harvest later in the season.
All the prior transplants are doing really well and the lettuces that we planted a few weeks ago are already starting to show up in the deliveries.
From the Fields:
With little field work to do as we are caught up, the crew cleaned garlic in the greenhouse. They were especially happy to be "inside" with these cooler days.
Harvesting was started on Saturday and was finished on Sunday, so on Monday we only have to sort it by delivery sites and head down to Ridgewood, Paramus and Mahwah for the Monday afternoon deliveries.
The low of the week was 38ºF with no rain. The daytime temps were great hovering around 80ºF with no humidity. We were in Saugerties on Saturday to pick up some new garlic varieties to plant for next year. All the garlic farmers we talked with stated how they are having basically the same dry weather that we have been having. Some of the western NY growers lost their crop due to the super cold temperatures over last winter. This included their garlic and shallot crops which was similar to us losing our perennial herbs of rosemary, oregano and sage.
The apples this week are from Soons Orchards. There are different varieties being delivered to each of the CSA delivery sites.
Animal report - We decided to have an ice cream social with the crew on Friday with some pumpkin ice cream. While we were enjoying the cups a ground hog broke into the field and ate some lettuces. We can only assume it was mad at not being invited to the ice cream social and went looking to for other treats.
Garlic Gathering – Garlic Day at the Sussex Farmers Market
October 4th 9 am – 2 pm (moved from Olde Lafayette Village location)
Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival Celebrating the best in Sussex County and Northern NJ Agritourism, Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism October 11th Sussex County Fairgrounds 10am-4pm
Annual Heirloom Garlic Festival – Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street October 12th 1-5 pm
Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce for sale as well.
September 29th - 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.