As I was photographing the peanut beds this week, capturing the first flowers, I realized that I pretty much take the same photos year after year. I guess I never grow tired of seeing the first potato/okra/peanut/etc. flower, nor the first baby peppers and tomatoes, and so much more. It’s part of the magic of farming, getting to watch each day as these crops develop from seed through the harvest that will put them on our, or your, plates.
The photos I take not only help preserve that magic, but have been invaluable as a way of keeping records. I am continually scrolling through my camera roll to determine when we planted a certain crop in a given year, or determining how long it took from the time I photographed that first flower until the first harvest of a previous year, as another way of trying to pinpoint future harvest dates. Although I have written records for a lot of this information, often the photos seem to be even more useful.
The heat of summer has definitely arrived, and has resulted in a shift in our farm work schedules. Early morning and late evening are reasonably tolerable times to get done the work that must be done. But I am also finding myself coming up with mid-day indoor activities, and am not pushing to accomplish those activities that are not strictly necessary.
Despite the heat, everything is holding up well. More and more peppers, eggplants, and okra are ripening, and the daily harvest of tomatoes and cucumbers is impressive. Yellow squash and zucchini are hanging in there, but we’re probably within a couple of weeks of the end of their harvest period.