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September 7, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

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.

August 31, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

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.

August 24, 2017, Update

Hello Everyone,

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.

August 17, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

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.

August 3, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

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.

July 27, 2017, Update

Hi Folks,

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.

July 20, 2017, Update

Hello Everyone,

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.

July 13, 2017, Update

Hello Everyone,

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!