Freeze at the Farm !
We did have both frost and a freeze at the farm with a low of 30ºF. The warm weather crops were about done anyway so no unplanned weather events impacted the delivery.
We planted garlic with Michael’s Boy Scout Troop on Sunday and had a beautiful day to do so. All of the five beds that were prepared for planting were planted with about 10 different varieties .Our soft neck varieties did not do well this year due to the super cold winter we had last year. Three main varieties of soft neck garlics were planted (Ozark, French Red and Italian Purple) with the hope that the winter will not be as traumatic as last year and will produce a better yield. Additionally more than 7 different varieties of hard neck garlics were planted including NY White and Spanish Roja both of which are our favorites and good producers.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: We still have some peppers, lettuce and Oriental greens for the final week of the season (next week). Just a few eggplant remain as well as some hot peppers and these will be harvested for the last week of the season. The greenhouse will be cleaned out and prepared for winter. The stand of rosemary that was replanted is coming along with the hope that we will have a better winter. The prior stand had been destroyed during last year’s super cold winter. That stand had been in production for the last 7 years.
From the Fields: A tree fell into the back field and did take out part of the fence. This is on the list of things to fix during the off-season. The back field production was lost during the season due to the lack of water so the deer have been feasting on what was left in there now that the fence is down. Farmer Rich is getting the chain saw ready.
Weather Report: Aside from the cold mornings the temperatures have been pleasant for this time of year. We did get about 2” of rain during the week on Wednesday and Thursday leaving the crew to take off Wednesday and work in the Franklin greenhouse on Thursday.
Animal report – A raccoon is the culprit breaking in to the main greenhouse though not doing any damage just finding a nice place to rest for a while at night. The crew has to make sure that they don’t leave their donuts out!
LAST DELIVERY OF THE SEASON
- November 3rd for Mahwah
November 4th for Hoboken
November 5th for Franklin and November 7th for On-Farm pickup