Starting To Turn The Page

Once again, after a week of sun and heat, it rained on Saturday afternoon - hard. We got a deluge - the farm shop flooded, minor bed wash-outs - nearly 1" and with that, we were given yet reprieve of a week from the irrigation pipes. Incredibly lucky.Where does this leave us? We are still in the daily grind of the summer - harvesting loads and loads of food three days a week - with squash leading the way, and now being buffeted by carrots, cabbage, and incredible greens. Working to stay ahead of the weeds - the weeder crew cleaned up the sweet peppers and eggplants, then the cucumbers, and the cutting flowers. And whenever we have a spare moment - it's off to the tomatoes to get those trellises higher and higher as the plants explode up.

All the while something is shifting ever so-slightly; For one thing some crops are moving through the question and into the answer; Will you be wiped out by weeds? Will you create a thousand beautiful melons? This goes, as usual, in both directions; The winter squash, the melons, corn, and peppers are all looking mighty FINE right now - spread out like an ocean of vines and stalks and promise of fruiting glory. But on the other hand we lost 1/4 of our sweet potatoes to a terribly grassy June that ate them alive. And of course with other crops it's still too soon to tell

Midsummer has a few other markers that set the tone for us to start to turn the page and start to transform the farm towards fall; Our apprentice crew begins their "vacation-rotation" where they each take a week off to renew and refresh while we hold down the fort and while keeping the basic work going (weeding, harvesting....). Ellen and Lia put all of the row covers and hoops that we used for early season crop protection into storage. Ben turned in the old crop of strawberries, and mowed the first-year crop so it can be renovated next week. When we got a little rain (on Thursday) everyone worked to get first big fall planting of cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli and the last successions of lettuce in the ground. It felt slightly darker when we get to work Friday morning.

We're not quite there yet. Still a couple more big weeks of striving to stay ahead (leeks, onions, carrots....). For now, it's still weeding. harvesting. trellising, but with our eyes set a bit on the future.

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

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