The farm fields are moving from summer production mode into fall & winter downtime mode, as we harvest the last bits of our favorite summer crops, and then harrow the spent plants into the soil so their nutrients can be recycled by next year’s crops.
We’re seeding cover crops as we go, too. Cover crops are like placeholder crops that we don’t harvest, but that help lock nutrients into the soil, and prevent erosion from fall rains and winter snowmelt. Cover cropping isn’t the most exciting part of farming (tillage radishes are one kind of cover crop we plant, and they are exactly as unsexy as they sound), but it is one of the most important parts of our soil care. And since healthy, vibrant soil underpins everything else we do, we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our soil happy & loving life.
Over the last week, mornings have been chillier and we’re noticing more color appearing on the trees that border all our fields.
Summer is slipping away more every day. Our last planting of Sweet Corn is yielding its final harvests this week, and we’re sad to see the last of this crop. But on the upside, the sweetest Sweet Corn is always the September harvests–they’ve had the maximum amount of time to develop their sugars. Sweet Corn is one of those crops that always goes out on a high note.
We’re still harvesting Tomatoes, but the clock is ticking there too. It looks like only a few more weeks until our last taste of Tomato season. Cool nights are a little much for this delicate crop from the high plains of Mexico. But before we say goodbye til next season, we’re savoring every last one.
These days the sun is ripening row after row after row of Tomatoes, with truckloads of crimson Beefsteaks and old-fashioned, oddball Heirlooms rolling out of the field. We’re racing the sun, the plants, and your appetites to keep up.
If you haven’t yet brought August’s abundance into your kitchen, now is the time for juicy Heirloom Tomato sandwiches, colorful caprese salads, and batches of spicy Bloody Marys. Park that bowl of Cherry Tomatoes on the counter and get to snacking! —Erika Rumbley
Pizza Night is this Friday
Farm Pizza Night is back this Friday, August 2oth. We’ll stoke up our wood-fired pizza oven and start slinging pizzas at 4pm, finishing at 8:30 under the twinkle lights on the party lawn.
The menu for Friday includes:
a Seasonal Special featuring (surprise!) our own Langwater Farm Heirloom Tomatoes & Basil