Well…it seems as though winter held on longer than usual this year, and now we’ve jumped right to summer. It hasn’t rained here at the farm in three weeks now, and the high temperatures have caused me to bring out the wet rag under the hat combination earlier than I like to. The good thing is we have almost all of our crops on drip tape, so we can keep everything watered during this dry spell. The potatoes are not on drip as we will be hilling them in a couple weeks. Hopefully it rains sooner than later so our little spuds can get some much needed fluids. After the extremely dry summer last year and the arid start to this season, I’m hoping we are not seeing a new pattern. It’s a good reminder that when it comes to Mother Nature, we are hardly in control.
As predicted, we had a very busy and productive month around the farm. A slew of crops are in the ground: kale, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, broccoli, peas, chard, beets, fennel, scallions, arugula, carrots, turnips, and cucumbers. By the time you read this, we’ll also have planted beans, ginger, and tomatoes! We have also installed a deer fence around our new field, and recovered the high tunnel (for the ginger this season). Last week we started our weeding extravaganza, which won’t stop until sometime in September. We push and they push back; a never ending battle that we don’t always win. The greenhouse is starting to empty out, which is a welcomed sight, but we still have lots to seed between now and July. As soon as we’re done planting the summer crops, it will be time to begin seeding our fall veggies. Needless to say, it will be another very busy and productive month…tis the season!
In less than three weeks we’ll be opening our doors for the first CSA distributions of the season! It is hard to believe it’s almost that time of year again. We expect to have available: kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, microgreens, arugula, kohlrabi, and Japanese turnips. The strawberry plants are looking robust and healthy, but due to the late winter, they were a bit sluggish coming out of dormancy. It will most likely be the second week of June before we see many ripe berries. What do they say about patience? I’m pretty sure it’s a virtue or something. Besides, the same people also say the best things in life are worth waiting for. Regardless if you believe in those clichés or not, that’s just the way it is. We can’t wait to see all your wonderful faces come June!