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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.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 update

Hi Folks, It is my firm belief (or perhaps my desperate hope) that we are over the worse of the heat wave. It’s been a tough couple of weeks! I thought that it was forecast to break on Tuesday with some rain followed by more tolerable temperatures but now it seems the temps will climb toward the upper eighties later in the week with no real relief in sight until early next week. The good news is that we received nearly 3 “of rain during the week a huge benefit to the fall crops that we have ben seeding and transplanting.

Monday, August 9, 2016 update

Hello Everyone, We received about 2/10 of an inch of rain on Saturday from a brief downpour. It appears we will have multiple chances of precipitation during the week ahead. It appears that the dry spell is over for now; I only hope it doesn’t start to rain too much. The tomato crop is coming in heavy now but many of the vines are succumbing to disease and wet condition serve to exacerbate the problem. The squash crop is also quite prone to diseases, such as powdery mildew, that are promoted by warm, wet conditions.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 update

Hi Everyone, So we finally got some rain, a bit over 2 inches with a little more expected overnight. We are very fortunate not to have been deluged. I have heard that some NJ farmers were hit with 6” or more; and then there are those poor folks in Maryland. Wow! That seems to be the way it is these days- feast or famine as they say.

Monday, July 25, 2016 update

Hi Folks, So it was another scorching week and no rain fell. We just received about a quarter of an inch of the wet stuff along with gale force winds at this writing with more possible this evening. There are multiple chances for rain from thunderstorms later in the week into next week, so fingers crossed….

Monday, July 18, 2016 update

Hello Everyone, So the heat wave continues; great for those warm weather crops but not so easy on my crew and I. We received ¾ of an inch of rain this past week from a downpour which lasted about 20 minutes. While this is not ideal, we are grateful for any precipitation. Eggplant and peppers have begun and we are harvesting the first few tomatoes. We believe we will have enough peppers and eggplant to provide a small quantity to all groups; if we run short we will start a rotation to cover all members in the next 2 weeks. I expect to have a few tomatoes in the shares for next week.