Here’s what we have lined up for you this week:
Here’s a quick update on what has been going on at the farm this week:
With only 6 weeks left of CSA, we are starting to feel like we can see the finish line.
The cool weather is feeling a bit like a shock to the system after the insane heat we had only a couple weeks ago. We have had to close back up the greenhouses to help protect our hot peppers and eggplants from the cold.
Andrew and I are finding ourselves extremely tired. On Saturday, we could have harvested much more food and flowers to bring to market, but couldn’t bring ourselves to prioritize field work over resting. It’s as if the cooler weather slows us down as it does the growth of our vegetable.
Andrew and I have continued storing veggies for winter by freezing or canning. These activities give us ample time to discuss our errors this year and how to correct for next year. We have been learning lots and discussing how to make next year more efficient with better varieties, better ratios of product, better infrastructure, and processes etc.
We realized we didn’t explain those interesting yellow lantern looking things in your shares last week. They are called Ground Cherries. If you still have some left and not sure what to do with them, peel the outer husk back, and eat raw, or you can make them into a salsa, add them to a salad, make into compote or add to a cake or pie.
In regards to soil issues that we were having before, we are still finding certain things don’t like the soil deficiencies and are struggling to produce, but the rapid lime we put down on the field has helped tremendously. We have found that second plantings of things planted with the lime have done so much better. You may notice how with this week’s kale, it’s so much larger and open in comparison to previous weeks small and stunted kale leaves. This is due to properly amended soil that’s balanced with proper p.h., macro and micro nutrients.
Our peppers have experienced a myriad of issues this year, everything from pests to soil born diseases. We feel lucky that we are receiving anything from the plants this year. We will rotate the peppers to a different section of the field next year and we will try to solar sterilize the soil before planting.
This winter we will be learning all that we can about flower production. We have experienced the demand for fresh cut flowers. We would like to offer a cut flower subscription next year to those interested. Please let us know if its something you would be interested in, and if you have any suggestions.
Have a wonderful week!