Wow, time flies it seems, especially on the farm. All of a sudden, the early spring greens are gone, the ground is warm and loads of summertime food is coming out of the fields. The past week or so has been quite exciting with lots of fun things happening on the farm and beautiful food being harvested. Some major milestones for our crops have been: mowing the buckwheat cover crop between our rows of winter squash, harvesting our garlic and laying it out to cure, beginning to see mini watermelons and cucumbers forming, harvesting summer squash, basil, new potatoes and onions and a real nice CSA open house day.
We’ve had quite a bit of rain, some of it torrential, which has been kind of scary. The potatoes are showing signs that they may want some dry weather and the tomatoes have a larger foliage to fruit ratio than I would like but overall things look pretty good for having been so wet over the past couple weeks. Fruited crops like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons etc. really don’t like such wet and cool-ish weather so it’s always a little nerve racking to have so much rain. The other downside is just not being able to get any work done! Our major planting of fall brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, kale etc.) starts going in now and we have to have some dry weather so the soil can be worked. Weeding has also been on hold for a few days and we’re really itching to get this work done.
Oh well, we really can’t complain. The food that is coming out of the fields is gorgeous and we’re having lots of fun harvesting and bringing it to our CSA members!