In The Weeds

With most of our planting done, our vegetable harvesting begun, and our CSA distribution off-the-ground, there's really only one thing to focus on at this time - tending to all of our plants. On a 30-acre vegetable farm, that doesn't use chemical pesticides, this can really be boiled down to one thing - time to kill some weeds!

We were pretty happy when the week dawned hot and sunny (despite the crops actually needing rain for a change). Thing is, weeds don't die in the rain. So when the sun shines, we fan out across the farm with hands, hoes, tractors, more tractors, and different tractors to get the weeds before they choke out our plants (and our dreams).  We harvest on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (for about 3 hours these days). Besides those times, if the weather's good  (or mostly good), we go weedin'! Monday we set off on the Farmall cub (Marlee in the tomatoes), the Hak finger weeder (Lia and Ellen in the sweet potatoes), the sweeps on the IH 265 (Ben in the greens), and the Lely tine weeder (Will in the fall carrot & beet beds before  seeding).  The Weeder Crew crawling through the chard and beets before heading to the weeks' main event - the onions.

We continued like this whenever we could; Through the winter squash, leeks, carrots, corn, potatoes, and on and on. Thursdays rain saw us back in the planting game (another succession of lettuce, fennel, radicchio, and scallions) and then back to join the weeders, still fighting the good fight, in the cold rain.  By weeks end, it looked mostly like a draw: Weeds still working and growing. Farm crew still clawing and scratching. The onions halfway done. Meanwhile the lettuce is other-worldly and the strawberries are just starting to ripen - 'tis the season.

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

Your Farmer,
Dan
(for Karen, Abbe, Ellen, Ben, Lia, Marlee, and Will)