Thank you again for your support this season. I am very thankful for the tremendous participation in the stock up share program and to those who purchased shares for donation. I have been very worried that I would finish out the season in debt but thanks to your help I will be able to pay off my debts and hopefully have money to pay the mortgage through January.
So we received 4 inches of rain from Sunday’s big storm. We lost power around 8:30 just as we were sitting down for dinner. Power was restored at around 2 AM. We still maintain a considerable amount of produce in the walk-in coolers, so it is always worrisome to experience an outage. Fortunately, it was brief, and we did not suffer any damage from the high winds.
So a week after our frost event, we are seeing the damage that was caused. It seems bit strange but while the peppers and beans were not completely killed, we had damage to some crops that are usually quite hardy. Lettuce, which is much tougher than one might think, had quite a bit of tip burn as did the chard. Even the broccoli and the kale have some white spots on the leaves, a sign of frost damage. I’m guessing that it’s because the cold came somewhat suddenly and the plants did not have time to prepare.
Today, in addition to harvesting for the Tuesday deliveries, we spent preparing for another cold night. This will be our first hard frost and will likely finish off most of the tender crops such as the peppers, eggplant, beans and summer squash. We have covered as much as we were able to try to keep them alive for a few more weeks. This will be a single cold night after which it will warm up again for a week or so.
As I write, we are receiving some much needed rain; hurricane rain but without any damaging winds. This will be of great benefit to the greens and the fall brassicas that have been slowed down by the dearth of precipitation through most of September. We have some spinach that is sizing up and may be ready to begin harvesting next week. We also have a lot of broccoli planted that will be heading up through the rest of the season and cauliflower should be starting soon as well.
So as we head into the fall, we will be transitioning back into cool weather crops, but for now we are still abundant with summer veggies. Next week we will begin to have broccoli again and we will start to ship some of the winter squash in the shares. We have a nice crop of fall carrots coming along, but we will give them one more week to size up. We have salad turnips for everyone this week. They are great either raw or cooked and have beautiful greens.
So you might think that by now things would start to ease up a bit here on the farm and I would have time to write these updates and get them out to the members in a timely manner. But it never really slows down much until November.
We are still busy transplanting fall crops such as lettuce and direct seeding other crops like spinach and radish. We are cleaning up fields that have produced their crop and planting oats and peas as a winter cover crop. And we are preparing ground for planting garlic which goes in the ground in late October and early November.