2016, July

Farm update – 7/10/2016

IMG_20160710_214341.jpgThis week’s Whole Farm basket includes a half pound of okra, a mixed bag of green and red Cajun Belle peppers (despite the name, we haven’t tasted any heat in these), 4 jalapeño peppers, two cucumbers, a slicing tomato, a half pint of mixed tomatoes (cherry, sun gold, grape, and/or Roma/grape), and an herb sampler, including garlic chives, sage, oregano, mint, lemon balm, and parsley. Check out what else is available on the Currently Available page.

After 12 Saturdays in a row of selling at (at least one, sometimes two!) farmers markets, this weekend did not find us peddling wares at any market. It was a combination of good sales during the week and less productivity from the field that resulted in not having enough veggies on hand to make a trip to market worthwhile. Truth be told, I missed it too! Missed the routine of getting up early, harvesting last-minute items, packing up, double- and triple-checking the checklist, setting up, and being part of the community market.

As the summer continues on, there may be more and more weekends like this. We’re in the thick of the summer, where only the toughest veggies have what it takes to keep going strong. Okra, peppers, and eggplant will be the summer mainstays now; anything else that pulls through we’ll simply be grateful for!

The garden is prepped and ready for plantings this week of additional okra and fall peppers and tomatoes. We also got some additional weeding done, and were reminded again that staying on top of weeds makes maintenance so easy. The okra patch, four rows wide, which has been weeded once or twice since planting, took hours to weed, painstakingly by hand. The pumpkin/squash and peanut patches, on the other hand, both the same size as the okra patch and both weeded within the last two weeks, took about 15 minutes each to hoe. So there’s a lot to be said for making time to keep on top of weeds, rather than letting them get well established.

Another major accomplishment this weekend was flipping about a half ton of chicken manure to help it continue aging and maturing for future use as fertilizer. Even before 8 am, that’s a heavy, sweaty, job, but the rewards of happier plants and happier soil will be well worth the work!

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