Sometimes farming feels a little like playing catch with the weather, volleying back and forth in rhythm with an old friend. But then every once and a while the weather starts throwing erratically and pelting you with wild pitches. The downpours over the weekend had that kind of feel.
So this week the farm crew is scrambling to lob some pitches back, in the form of catchup work in the field that couldn’t be done in a downpour. Every day after morning harvest is done, we’ll be out in the Tomato fields getting caught up on trellising our early successions and pounding stakes in the ground to support future growth of our later successions. The stake and trellis system is the best way we’ve found to support our Tomato crops, but it’s pretty labor intensive and can only be done when the plants are dry (working with wet plants spreads leaf-surface diseases around in the field–no good!).
The transition from spring to summer usually feels a bit more subtle than it did this season. A heat wave in early June is quite a melodramatic way for summer to arrive—it felt like a trapdoor opened and here we are.
But now it definitely feels like summer on the farm, as our harvest mornings include hours picking Squash and Zucchini, and other early summer crops like Garlic Scapes and Beets. Spring crops like Broccoli, Strawberries, and some of our greens crops will have their last hurrah this week and next. Then they’re on summer vacation until the fall, but they’ll be back in September!
We’re open for Pick Your Own every day this week from 10am – 1pm (’til 2pm on
Thursday so you can also come to the Farmers Market & Farm Storytime–see info below).
We have hayrides out to the Strawberry patch (tickets $3), or you can walk out on the farm roads.
Sunny spring days make farm crops and farmers so happy! We’re still hard at work planting for this season and as we move across the farm, it’s so gratifying to see the farm coming back to life again. May and June are the most intensive planting months every year, so we’re out there all day every day getting seeds and seedlings in the ground.
Some of the earliest crops we planted in March are already ready for harvest, so part of the crew is out harvesting every morning while the air is still cool. Spring greens like Spinach and Lettuce, Kale and Salad mix, don’t care for the midday heat, so getting them out of the field before the sun gets too intense is always a priority. A little harvesting first thing in the morning is always a satisfying way to start the day.