It was a somewhat quiet week on the farm last week. The Sustainable Farming and Food Systems students are done with their Summer Internship, although we had a couple of students who came out because they missed the farm so much :)! I even took a long weekend to enjoy a camping trip with my family. And even though taking a 3.5 year old on her first camping trip is exhausting, it was a much needed break from the grind of a farm season. We still have our youth workers through the end of this week, so we plugged away at as many projects as we could get through. We took a break from a lot of the ongoing hand weeding and focused some of our energy on some lingering housekeeping. The barn and classroom got a great cleaning and we got mostly caught up on a project that is usually done in the late fall, sanitizing our seedling trays. “Why do we sanitize our trays?” I’m glad that you asked. Even though our plants don’t spend a lot of time in their trays, we want to make sure that we aren’t harboring any diseases that may linger into the next season. It’s not the most glamorous job but it’s an important one. Another glamour-free job that we started to tackle last week was moving rocks. The joke around hear (any many of my friends) is that the best crop on the farm are rocks. Some of the rocks in our fields (ok, most of them), make transplanting, direct seeding, weeding and even harvesting a real pain. We move them out of the fields into big piles at the end of our beds, always thinking that we’ll get to moving them. Well, that usually doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. This past week we moved about 2-3 tons into our massive rock pile. My estimates is that we’ve pulled about 20 tons of rocks out of our fields since we started farming this land. So, if you were looking for some rocks for a project around the house, just let me know:)
Although the main planting season is done, we are still putting plants in the ground. We transplanted some lettuce, chinese cabbage, kohlrabi and snuck one more planting of beans in. Speaking of beans, our first planting is just a short couple of weeks away from being ready. Here’s hoping to a warmish fall. We’ll continue to put plants in the ground for the next few weeks.
In this week’s CSA share you will have the choice of lettuce mix, fennel, cabbage, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, garlic, eggplant, dandelion greens, parsley, garlic scapes, heirloom tomatoes (along with a very small amount of beefsteaks)and a few new items. They are……. basil (not the prettiest, but it’s telling me that it needs to be harvested. New potatoes.
If you’re not familiar with new potatoes, they are when we harvest the spuds before the plants die back and are still green. They are usually smaller and are much more tender and are awesome roasted or tossed on the grill. Because of their tenderness, their skin rubs off very easily. These beauts should be kept in your fridge. There will also be a box of maters choice, which will consist of cherries, tomatillos (I know, technically not a mater), the first of the field paste tomatoes and saladette tomatoes).
Coming next week are peppers!
Have a great week!