Howdy folks! So, we’ve made it to the home stretch of the CSA season. Only three more weeks left after this week. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the season in depth over the next few weeks but I will say that with all we endured over the course of the growing season, this has been a very successful third farm season.
Those Leaves, they are a changing! I truly love living in the Northeast and getting the chance to experience all the seasons. Working outside just about every day of the year gives you a great appreciation for all of Nature’s beauty and fall is always my favorite. Watching this hillsides change from afar is an amazing sight.
The farm is still busy with lots of activity. The harvest keeps coming in and preparing for the winter months and next season continues. Last week we began renovating the strawberries.
That entails removing all the “runners” or side shoots off the plants and just leaving the “mothers”, which are the main plants where we get the fruit from. Before the plants go into a dormant state for the winter, we’ll mow them down and fertilize them. Something that we experimented last year was to save some of the runners and put them in pots and keep them in the greenhouse for the winter. Come springtime we replanted them out in gaps in our beds. This year we are going to save a lot more to hopefully plant a whole new bed and have some plants for sale. We also planted one of our hoophouse areas with winter greens to have available for our farm stand and restaurants. In the coming weeks, we’ll plant the other hoophouse and greenhouse so we can produce food year round.
So, what exactly happened to September? I swear it was just Labor Day. But here we are at the beginning of October. The season is moving right along as the impending cold weather seems to be approaching quickly. Even with the harvest continuing to come in, we are still progressing with getting the farm ready for the winter months. Our early cover crop of peas and oats is beautifully established.
I’m really looking forward to the benefits of this green manure. This past week, we continued to prepare the ground where next year’s garlic is going to be planted and got more cover crops in. This time we planted a deep-rooted tillage radish that will help to aerate the soil and add nitrogen. The hoophouse areas are ready for their winter plantings, which will happen in the next week or so. Having the hoophouses planted in the winter will allow us to continue our farm stand later in the season and have some produce to sell to Coltivare and other area restaurants.
Howdy folks! Fall has certainly ushered itself in. And I’m not talking about the change in temperature. I’m talking about waiting in line at Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill to get the world’s best cider donuts and apple cider. I have a bunch of donuts in the freezer and I’m already out of cider. Ok, so I … Read more
Howdy folks! Here we are at week 14 of the CSA season. We’re nearing the home stretch but there is plenty of season left. As hot and dry as it was for most of the season, the weather will continue to factor in to the rest of the season. The days are already getting shorter … Read more
Howdy Folks! My apologies for last week’s newsletter snafu. Technology just didn’t want to cooperate. Things have been fairly quiet on the farm for the last couple of weeks. Literally. Without the students around and their always very interesting topics of discussion, it’s been a time to recharge for the new semester. Work on the … Read more