Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Catalpa Ridge News–Volume 22 No 1–June 28, 2017

Late start to the season

Better late than never! After a horrible early spring; no sun, lots of rain and cold temperatures, the harvest season has finally started. We are about 1-2 weeks behind from prior years’ start dates. Now that the warm weather has come the crops are caught up and the harvest has begun.

Farmer Rich and crew have been diligently working over the past several weeks, despite the challenging weather. The greenhouses that were full of plants for our spring heirloom plant sales are now changed over for the CSA deliveries to our corporate, Franklin & On-Farm pickup members. We gave up delivering to Hoboken this year as we can classify Farmer Rich as semi-retired.

The fields are planted with tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, peppers, chard, kale and lots of different herbs. All of the plantings in the fields are our own transplants and we have a really nice variety of tomatoes and peppers. Cucumbers and winter squash were seeded last week and they are up and growing already. Some beans were planted but they aren’t doing well.

This week’s delivery is mostly greens, remember the deliveries are seasonal. The tomatoes are greenhouse ripened. The field tomatoes will be coming probably by the end of July and of course there will be many heirloom varieties.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to a bountiful harvest year.

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