Cover crops are in and we are beginning to harvest the Winter Squash. We had a lot of rain on the weekend which is unfortunate since the soil had just finally dried enough to dig potatoes. Hopefully we can get some spuds dug before the next rain event next week. The crops do look great which is encouraging.
The Vegetable Share for the week includes Zucchini, Peppers, Spaghetti Squash, Greens (arugula, mustard, tat soi, dandelion, vitamin green, amara, cabbage and kale), Lettuce or Eggplant, Radish and Collards. The substitutions are Scallions, Cilantro, Fennel, Tomatillos, and small Cabbages.
The Fruit Share includes the seedless grapes Concord and Canadice and a choice of Plums, Prunes, Apples and Pears. It is starting to taste like fall.
Rain. We have had over four inches since Thursday and more is on its way! It is good that it is still Summer so that the wind and sun can effectively work their drying powers. Late Blight was reported today in Cattaraugus County which is where the farm is. Last week we mowed off the Potatoes so they are safe under the soil. These conditions are ideal for blight. If you have Tomatoes or Potatoes in your home garden keep an eye on them. Late blight will make your crops look like they were hit by a frost.
The Vegetable Share includes Tomatoes, Greens, Summer Squash, Peppers, Cucumbers, Lettuce or Chard, Scallions or Sweet Onions, Sweet Carrots or Yellow Beets. The substitution is radish, little cabbages, napa, parsley and cilantro.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches, White Peaches, Donut Peaches and Prune Plums.
The potatoes plants were mowed down yesterday. They were dying back. By mowing they will start to cure faster. It takes about three weeks for the skins to cure. This means that the skin will not rub off when they are harvested. We plan on offering more potatoes this season during the summer share.
The Vegetable Share includes Tomatoes, Lettuce or Dandelion, Scallions or Sweet Onions, Greens (Kale, Cabbage, Arugula, Vitamin Greens, Amara), Summer Squash or Peppers, Eggplant or Cucumbers. The subs are Parsley, Cilantro, Napa and Radish.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches and a choice of Plums, Donut Peaches, Apricots and White Nectarines.
Enjoying the warm weather? The plants are. We could use some rain. Summer crops are coming in now. This season we are hoping to have more Sweet Corn and Tomatoes in the share. Beans have been a challenge. Porter Farms grow them for us and the climate up near Batavia has been rough on the crop the last few years. We are still planting. This week the last Chard, Beet and Scallion rotations will go in. Yesterday we planted Lettuce, Radicchio, and Fennel. By the end of August we will be finished planting except for Arugula and Radishes.
The Vegetable Share includes Herbs (Bulk Basil, Fennel, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Sage and Thyme), Sweet Onions or Scallions, Choice of Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Eggplant or Peppers, Carrots or Beets, Sweet Corn and Greens (Lettuce, Chard, Dandelion, Cabbage or Napa). The sub is additional Napa or Kohlrabi.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches and a choice of Plums and or Apricots. The Apricots have been amazing this year. If you slow cook them as a stew they make an excellent refrigerator jam. The fruit is from Singer Farm.
The crops are looking good. We are busy bulk harvesting the first planting of beets so those will become a regular offering. Carrots will be limited until the next planting comes in. At that time there will be thousands of pounds of the delicious roots. We lost the second planting to rain so we have to wait for the third. We will have Parsnips this fall.
Deb and the girls are visiting family in California for a week and Sam has a reunion in California with the students he studied with in Ghana for his gap year. That means I am home alone on the farm and will be crazy busy. If your emails and telephone calls are not returned that is why.
The Vegetable Share includes Sweet Corn, Lettuce or Arugula, Herbs (fennel, parsley, sage, thyme, cilantro, dill), Beets or Rainbow Carrots, Cabbage or Napa or Chard and a choice of Summer Squash, Cucumbers and Peppers.
The Fruit Share includes Peaches, Plums and Apricots all from Singer.
We were busy planting this week between the rains. Most of the fall and winter crops are now in and they are looking good. The final carrot and beet crop has been planted and the beets are emerging. The carrots were flame weeded so hopefully the weeds will be few. It is amazing how fast seed germinate when the soil is warm and moist. The landscape here is lush and beautiful.
The Vegetable Share includes Lettuce, Greens, Kohlrabi, Herbs, Sweet Onions or Scallions, and a choice of Summer Squash, Cucumbers or Peppers.
The Fruit Share includes Organic Blueberries from Abers and Cherries, Apricots and Plums from Singer Farms.