Farm Update June 27, 2013

It’s good to see the sun again this week.  Happy summer! The ground is finally drying out after a couple of really wet weeks.  Anxiety levels were higher than usual here at the farm as schedules changed, pathways turned to waterways, and crops were threatened.   The immediate effects included losing a substantial amount of our strawberry crop this spring.  As the strawberry season is only about 2 ½ -3 weeks as it is,  eight inches of rain right in the middle of that window proved to be a major blow.  Additionally, those of you who joined us for a farm tour and orientation earlier this spring heard me talk about my love/ hate relationship with spring broccoli.  Love was in the air as we watched the crowns size up.  Then it started raining.  Unable to dry out sufficiently, the crowns started to show signs of bacterial soft rot.  We harvested what we could and bid our adieu to the rest.  As an organic farm, one of the biggest challenges we face is when there is consistent precipitation.  Extended periods of high moisture levels promote the spread of diseases and other pathogens.  Hence our relief that came with this week’s sunshine.  

The seasons are definitely changing as spring greens and other cool weather vegetables are fading.  We just had our first summer squash harvest, and cucumbers aren’t too far behind.  The tomatoes in the field and high tunnel are sizing up nicely and look healthy despite the unfavorable weather this month.  We also started harvesting “new” potatoes this week.  They are called new because they are freshly dug and consequently so incredibly tender.  If you are saddened at the disappearance of the greenery, don’t fret as much of it will make a comeback in the fall.  

This year we will also be hosting a few classes for members to participate in.  We will have a canning class for beginners July 27th.  We will discuss food preservation and demonstrate a few techniques including canning, pickling, and freezing.  There will also be a worm composting class geared towards children on August 24th.  On Saturday, September 21 we will be hosting our first ever ADULT cooking class – speed up prep time by learning the basics of chopping, dicing and slicing and create a flavorful lunch using bounty from the farm.  And, mark your calendar for our annual Harvest Fest on October 19.  Details for all classes held at the farm will be shared as they become available.  In addition, please remember that there are opportunites to help out in the pick-up center during pick-up on Tuesdays and Fridays. Get in touch with us by email if you are interested.  Thank you for your support, your community, and letting us touch your vegetables.  

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