New Week. (Nearly the) Same Story.

The week started warm. And then got warmer. And then a bit humid. And then got humider. We were sweating. Changing our shirts after lunch. Sweating again. Our plants were showing signs of stress. We set up the irrigation and put some water out. The heat kept building. We started to get tired.

Luckily we had some big extra help again this week as we were joined by our longtime distribution coordinator from Jamaica Plain, Joy Silverstein, who along with her daughter Sophia worked with us for most of the week, in Joy's words "fulfilling a long-held dream." We tried to wake her up by filling her day with tomato-trellising-sauna-string-weaving, carrot-handweeding-in-the-blistering-sun, and cucumber-picking-hot-yoga. Impossible - as they were both proved intrepid and helped us slog through this week with a spring in our step. (Also Farmer Dave swung back through after his vacation, and in a 24-hr blitz, completely re-built our broken wagon,just in time for our bulk harvesting season!)

When we weren't harvesting (lots of cucumbers, red cabbage, and early onions) and weeding (beets, carrots, leeks) we snuck in some time to bushhog our early cover crops (see below) and to sow new cover crop seeds in areas that were done being cultivated (tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants). Then, on Wednesday afternoon, just as things were looking pretty dry, and we were beginning to resign ourselves that we would need to start next-level irrigation operations, the skies darkened, the wind whipped, and another sweet storm dropped 1/2" of rain on our thirsty plants. We ran into the greenhouses to bunch basil and clean up some spring messes. And just like that, it was over, and back out we went; more harvesting, more weeding, and just a little irrigating for the rest of the week. All the while, some big harvests lay right around the corner. We are nearly there.

We hope you enjoy the harvest,

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