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June 29, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,
We received some good rain last Friday evening and overnight into Saturday, but it cleared off early Saturday, giving us a beautiful day for the farm visit picnic. Attendance was a bit low but those who came out had a nice time. I hope many of you will have a chance to visit sometime this season. I enjoy meeting the members, especially the children. As I have previously mentioned, I was raised on canned vegetables, so it’s wonderful to hear about how the kids enjoy fresh veggies.

June 22, 2017, Update

Hello Everyone!

I remember the first time I tasted fresh peas; it was something of a revelation to me. Raised on canned veggies, peas were something I particularly detested and I shoveled them on to my sister plate when she wasn’t looking. Walking in a friend’s garden, we pulled some from the vine opened the pods and popped them in our mouths. Wow! I had never tasted anything (or at least any vegetable) so sweet and delicious. It was an epiphany--my pea epiphany.

June 11, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

Well we’re havin’ a heat wave (in case you hadn’t noticed). While the workers are a little wilted, the soil fortunately has sufficient moisture that even the cool weather crops can tolerate the heat. And the warmth loving crops--tomatoes. peppers, squash etc.--are looking great and are finally beginning to grow.

June 4, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived; when the investment you made in local agriculture begins to pay dividends! Green dividends that is, or perhaps more appropriately “greens” dividends, especially for this week as we will be relying heavily on these for the first share. We have the most beautiful spinach crop I have ever seen. I guess the cool damp weather agrees with it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 update

Hi Folks, We have another great and colorful share for you this week with red onions and rainbow carrots. As I have alluded to in previous updates it will be heavy on roots, greens and brassica family crops. We are hoping to finish up the cauliflower rotation this week and we have Brussels sprouts.

We are starting another round of broccoli; for those who do not receive it this week there will be bunched baby kale or mustard greens. This will be the last week for peppers unless we have a few stragglers to send as extras next week.

Monday, October 24, 2016 update

Hello Everyone, This past weekend’s storms brought us a scant .4 of an inch of rain. It was more wind than rain and we continue with very dry conditions. We have another chance of precipitation on Thursday. We will also have a couple of cold nights this week, but probably not severe enough to damage what remains in the fields.

Monday, October 17, 2016 update

Hello Folks, So we have had 2 light frosts since my last update. We were able to cover and protect a few crops, notably the peppers. We tried to save a late planting of string beans but were only marginally successful. We are still quite dry and are hoping for some rain on Friday. Most of what remains in the fields now are brassica family crops that require a lot of water.

Monday, October 10, 2016 update

Hi Folks, We are expecting the possibility of our first frost early Tuesday morning. It will likely be a light one and will begin to warm up as we go through the week. Most of what is left in the field is hardy enough to survive and we will be covering a few tender crops to try and protect them. This will be the last week for eggplant, except for maybe a few small ones as an extra. We will have some lettuce in the shares again this week although the heads won’t be very large; everything grows rather slowly now with the short days and cool night.

Monday, October 3, 2016 update

Hi Folks, So after 3 days of overcast and drizzly weather we received about a quarter of an inch of total precipitation. It was good for germinating the seeds I recently planted but not nearly what I would like for the acres of brassica crops I have growing. This family which includes broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, needs a lot of moisture to make large heads.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 update

Hi Folks, So the nights are getting quite chilly now up here in the hills of Northwest NJ. We came quite close to having a frost on Sunday night. Just down the road in a low lying field where another farm has some pumpkins planted I noticed that many of the vines had been blackened by the cold. It’s warming up again so we should have another 2 weeks at least before the next round of cold air descends upon us. We have been getting some rain, with more in the forecast over the next few days. So now I will be worried that it will rain too much!

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