Sussex Farm & Horse Show starts on Friday
The Sussex Farm & Horse Show starts on Friday and runs through Sunday, August 9th. The trip up to the fairgrounds is worth the trip with many agriculture events ongoing throughout the week. The Vegetable Show is judged on Saturday, August 1st and Farmer Rich is a judge again this year. We will even have a “meet the judges” after the show is judged so the exhibitors can ask questions and learn how to submit better entries in the future.
The week was rather uneventful. We had a good growing week for a change. The zucchini are producing exceptionally well at the current time. This can change in a flash so we will keep picking them hard while the plants are holding up.
Just a fraction of the zucchini harvest!
The last garlic bed that was harvested has finally been replanted with Oriental greens. This is a bit on the early side. The Tokyo Bekana tonight does show some tiny holes due to some minor insect damage by being outside in the field.
Franklin Greenhouse Report: The plantings are doing well and the crew will probably be seeding spinach or Oriental greens on Monday in the last bed to be turned over. Michael’s irrigation system in the greenhouse is definitely making a big difference in increasing production.
From the Fields: The crew worked diligently during the week and fertilized all the field crops and they really perked up after being washed out with the excessive rain we had been having. We fertilize with Fertrell 4-2-4 which is an OMRI approved organic fertilizer. We have been using this for years and find it the most effective fertilizer.
The beds that Michael seeded with radishes, chard, and beets are all doing well. The Red Russian Kale hasn’t really taken off and the cilantro is just starting to take.
We clipped up the cucumber plants on the trellising system in the back field to help improve production. We also weeded most of the beds in both the main field and back field.
New Jersey State Fair/Sussex Farm & Horse Show – The 75th Anniversary Year. JULY 31 – AUGUST 9, 2015 - 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ.
MAIN FAIR HOURS
Friday, July 31 – Saturday, August 8 — 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday, August 9 — 10 am – 5 pm