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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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 update

Hi Everyone, So we received a little bit of rain this past weekend. I heard reports of heavy downpours near the farm but they seem to have missed us and we got perhaps a quarter of an inch. I planted a lot of seeds for fall crops as well as several acres of oat cover crop ahead of the storms. The light rain will at least help these plantings germinate but we are still in a drought situation. Nevertheless we have a great share for you this week. Fall broccoli has begun and a few of you were surprised with a bunch in last week’s share.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 update

Hey Folks, So after another mercifully brief heat wave it has cooled off again. Unfortunately the rain that generally accompanies these temperature changes did not materialize. We were also missed by the scattered storms that moved through on Friday. So it’s dust bowl days here on the farm again! I am trying to prepare beds for the last round of transplants and direct seeded crops as well as 50 acres of ground to be planted in oats and rye as cover crop. I ride over my fields enveloped in clouds of dust.

Tuesday, September 6 update

Hi Folks, I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. I guess we dodged a bullet with the hurricane moving out to sea although I confess I was hoping it might spin a little precipitation our way. There isn’t much rain in the forecast ahead and we have another heat wave arriving later this week. We are in the final push to get seeds in the ground for the fall crops like spinach, arugula, turnips and radishes. I guess we will have to continue moving the sprinklers around to insure germination! It is what it is as they say and we do what we gotta do.

Wednesday August 31, 2016 update

Hello Everyone, This week marks the beginning of the second half of the season (time flies when you’re eating well!). We still have three more weeks of summer officially and we hope for at least a few more of warm, frost free weather. We are also hoping for some (but not too much) rain as we have slipped back into a dry weather pattern. Our early planting of tomatoes have mostly succumbed to disease but we have second and third plantings that will continue to produce for a while yet. Peppers and eggplant will continue for at least another 6 weeks.

Wednesday August 24, 2016 update

Hello Everyone, So we have finally gotten some relief from the heat! The cold front brought us a small amount of rain as it moved in, a little more would have been welcome but at least there was no severe weather. The heat wave took a toll on our lettuce production, causing many varieties to bolt prematurely. We had to cut many heads at a very small size or lose them. You will receive 2 or possibly even 3 small heads of lettuce this week. The rest of the share is similar to recent weeks-lots of tomatoes, beans, peppers and eggplant.