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.
So the weather this past week was copacetic. Most of the rain that was forecast didn’t materialize and the cool temps were a relief from the heat. I am hopeful that the week to come will develop similarly; as it stands now, rain is in the forecast every day from Wednesday until Wednesday next except for Sunday.
Well, it continues to rain, but at least this round brought us some relief from the heat! It looks as though the temps will be more moderate this week; the humidity not so much.
So summer is officially in full swing now--the tomatoes have begun to ripen! While we won’t have enough to distribute this time around, we should by next week. What we have more of are Sungold cherry tomatoes, so some groups will receive these this week and others the next. We are also beginning a rotation with the beans, so you should get either the cherry tomatoes or the beans.
So it continues to rain and I continue to worry; it’s an occupational hazard I guess… We got 2 inches last week and thunderstorms are rolling through as I sit down to write. I was about to head out and plant some seeds, having waited for it to cool down a bit. The rain was not really forecast until about an hour before it arrived and by the time I got to the barn where my seeding tractor is kept, the wind was kicking up and the first drops began to fall.
It’s been a wet season thus far and it seems that this weather pattern will continue into the normally dry month of July. We have received 5 inches of rain in the past 2 weeks, when we normally hope for an inch a week. This is not bad for most of the crops but it is a little worrisome for the tomatoes and the cucurbits (squash, melons and cukes) which are susceptible to fungal diseases. We are doing our best to keep them sprayed with protective organic remedies such as biologicals, oils, garlic and kelp. Let’s hope the rain eases up a bit soon!
Happy Fourth of July! We have a wonderful share for you this week. The peas continue to come in and we have carrots; peas and carrots just like my mom served us out of a can (not!).
Also new for this week are cucumbers; we have some Kirby (pickle type), English (long slender, burpless and mostly seedless), and some regular slicers. You will get some of each type in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
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.