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.
Happy Labor Day! I hope you enjoyed it however you spent it! Of course there’s no day off for us here on the farm--the show must go on! My workers don’t mind--they are here to work and earn money to help their families. And I get my vacation time in the winter.
So I have some good news and some bad news; which would you like first? The bad news you say; well, it seems we will have a short melon season. The rain was just too much for these delicate plants--the first planting did not produce a second crop and the second planting is probably not going to produce much of anything. The watermelons are a little hardier and we will be trying to get some to all groups that have not yet received any over the next 3 weeks or so.
I am a bit under the weather at present so I will, with apologies, skip the usual complaints about the rain and get right to the part of the update that most of you probably skip to anyway. LOL.
So we begin, as always, with the weather report. We received a whopping two and a half inches of the wet stuff over a 12 hour period last Friday. Fortunately it fell mostly at night and did not rain on any of my weekend markets. Also fortunate is that we have well drained sandy soil.