Last Delivery of the Season!
It was unfortunate that we had a severe freeze (21-degrees) at the farm last week on Sunday the 18th, as the rest of the week was in the 70's. It did turn cold again for the weekend of the 24th and 25th and surely the growing season is at an end.
We fortunately had some crops that survived the freeze and the greenhouse crops sustained little damage. This will be the last delivery of the season.
The crew has diligently prepared the garlic beds for planting garlic for next year. John plowed, tilled and wrapped the beds in plastic. It was a bit on the hectic side as the weather was uncertain for this task. If it was too wet, we would have not been able prepare the beds nor wrap them in the plastic. This was a problem early in the season when some beds were not able to be wrapped for planting.
We are planning a trip to the farm to plant garlic for next year.The date will be November 7th starting around 11 am. It is a great family activity as well. We start by “popping” the garlic. This is simply separating the garlic bulbs into their individual cloves. Then we head to the field for the planting. Since the beds are all prepared we simply have to poke each clove into the soil and have our spacing boards to ensure the right spacing between each clove. The final step is to spread straw over the planted garlic to help protect them from the winter weather. In just an hour or two with the extra help we can plant thousands of cloves. When we are done we plan on having a late picnic lunch.
Apple Picking in Sussex -Hillcrest Farms has Pick-Your-Own-Apples on Saturdays in Sundays throughout October. They are located at the corner of Plains Road & Davis Road. You can also visit their dairy cows, take a scenic hayride and they have great fresh apple cider & cider donuts. For more information, call: 973.703.5148.
Weather Report:We had some low temperatures again on the weekend, though not as cold as the freeze on the 18th. There was a trace of rain. The autumn leaves in the surrounding forest appear to be past-peak.
Upcoming Trip to the Farm - Trip to the Farm - Garlic Planting
November 7th- starting at 11:00 am
Please RSVP if you plan on attending so we may plan on refreshments and send you directions.
LAST DELIVERY OF THE SEASON
Thank you for your support!