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.
Hi Everyone, It was brutally hot last week but I guess most of you noticed that. We continue to receive much needed rain and hence I am very busy catching up with the planting. So this will be a short update. We have another marvelous share for you this week. It turns out we still have some snow and sugarsnap peas available, although the quantity will be less. We have delicious sweet onions with green tops (edible or good for soup stock). These are not good keepers so use them up within a week or so.
Hi Folks, So we finally got some rain; about 2 inches from several passing storms. Most of the precipitation came in deluges which is less than ideal but we are grateful for what we get. One of these I narrowly escaped as I rushed out of the field on my small seeding tractor after planting some carrots. I had just pulled it into the barn when the skies opened up and I was trapped there for a half an hour until the heavy rain abated. That’s the good news; the bad news is that the rain came too late for a couple of crops.
Hello Everyone, So we are still waiting for some rain. There is some in the forecast for tonight and Tuesday but they have been wrong so many times now… I mentioned a rain dance in last week’s episode; my form of rain dance is to head out into the fields on my seeding tractor to do some planting. This has worked often in the past to get the skies to open up but I tried it last week and only managed to squeeze out a few drops! We have another beautiful share for you this week with a few new items.
Hello Everyone, So we continue to experience dry conditions here on the farm. We have had several more predicted rainfalls fail to arrive. We have another shot at a little precipitation overnight on Monday and perhaps a better chance of the wet stuff on Thursday. Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer or perhaps do a rain dance if you are so inclined. In the meantime we will continue to move the sprinklers around the fields and employ creative tricks to get the seeds to sprout.
Hello Everyone, So we waited with a mixture of anticipation and dread for the severe storms predicted for Saturday. We badly need the rain but worried about the high winds and potential for hail. In the end we got no rain at all, only 2 days of high winds that have been wreaking havoc with our crop covers and drying out the soil even more. There is some hope for precipitation at the end of the week; in the meantime we will be moving the sprinklers around from field to field to keep the crops growing and the seeds germinating.
Hi Folks, We finally got some rain here at the farm on Sunday, just over an inch. We need more but are grateful for what we receive. We have essentially lost the first planting of arugula, broccoli raab and tatsoi as a result of the dry conditions and the heat wave. It had been under siege from a pernicious pest-the flea beetle and was covered with an Ag fabric to protect it. Because it was hidden and because we are so busy with all our other planting I missed seeing that it was beginning to bolt to seed.
Hi Folks, Firstly, I would like to apologize for having been incommunicado until now. I normally write one or two pre-season updates to keep members apprised of how things are going at the farm. It has been an extra challenging spring this year, we once again got off to a late start owing to winter sticking around until Mid-April. Since then it has been exceptionally dry despite a week of “rainy weather” which delivered barely a half an inch of drizzle during 6 days of gloomy overcast skies.
2017 Circle Brook Farm Event Schedule
We will host several more events at the farm this fall. These will all be opportunities to see the farm, help out a bit and to receive a pumpkin.
My name is John Krueger and I am the owner and operator of Starbrite Farm. I have been interested in organic gardening for over 25 years, as an avid gardener and as co-founder and an officer of the Cook Organic Gardening Club.