Half-share group B this week!
Hey there all and welcome to August – the time of year when our fruiting crops start popping and our fall plantings make their way into the ground. We are excited to say that tomatoes have arrived! Albeit in small numbers -this week we’re sending you a lil taste of what’s to come in full throttle as the month moves along. We’re doing our best to work with the rest of our veg that is in the ground and putting in full effort to some slow sprouters that have taken a hit from the dry/hot weather – lots of energy into our watering game theses days. Here’s what to expect this week IN THE SHARE:
- Salad Mix of Spinach/Arugula/and Spicy Mix
- Mustard Greens
- Bunching Onions
- Summer Squash
I know the share is getting a bit repetitive but in the next few weeks it will totally transforming – savor the time you have with theses goodies because the end could be coming soon!
IN THE FIELDS: This is a long (but interesting- or so I think) one so bear with me…
Once upon a time a farmer went to a market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river and rented a boat. But crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases: the fox, the goose, or the bag of beans. If left unattended together, the fox would eat the goose, or the goose would eat the beans. The farmer’s challenge was to carry himself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchase intact. How did he do it?
If you’ve ever solved one of these puzzles you know it can really make the brain tired. Let’s just say we’re solving a few of these a day on the farm this week as we are tackling some new territory.
Exhibit A: harvesting tomatoes. Between desired ripeness given the day at which we plan to sell or distribute, ideal harvesting and tracking of varieties and types, and even down to how we want to store them – the variables are more than meets the eye in this task. We’re working on our system here and will hopefully be a finely tuned tomato producing machine in the weeks to come.
Exhibit B: watering (again) Each time we have a new round of directly seeded crops we have to reconfigure our plan for watering. This is because there are new spaces being used and that means we have to move around our watering lines and THAT means we have make a plan for getting water on those various spaces using limited time and water pressure in a given evening. For example, right now in our field adjacent to the CSA barn we have about 11 beds at various spacing with baby plants or fresh seed in them that require 2 hours of water daily. We have 3 irrigation lines in that field; 2 lines water 6 beds at one time and 1 line waters 2 beds at a given time but we can only run one line at a time in that field and have only 4 hours to do it….the answer involves moving hoses around and using a special spigot, but man it really takes some brain power to figure this stuff out!
Exhibit C: Summer seedling propagation. To keep it brief and to touch on again later – our fall seedlings are dragging their feet and we don’t know why. Our guesses include too much heat and perhaps some potting mix fertility issues. We’re problem solving as fast as we can to get these babies field ready for a fall crop before the days shorten too much. We’ve been troubleshooting to the tune of fertilizing with organic fish emulsion and moving the plants to areas with cooler temps and better airflow. We’re doing our best and care so much so, we’ll see what happens!
I want to thank and congratulate anyone who made it through this (pictureless) post without falling asleep or skipping around too much:) It means so much to me to have a place to not only share with you all but to also work out some of my stresses, anxieties and celebrations that come with this work.
Speaking of CELEBRATIONS – T-SHIRTS are HERE! I’ll have them at pick-up this week so please bring $12 cash or check to grab yours. If you didn’t pre-order one I did grab (just a few) extra that I can sell after all pre-orders are scooped up.
Here’s two consolation photos of 2 very cute sleeping animals. Our three- legged, blindish wonder cat Willie and a very contently snoozing Ulster County Fair piggo.
As always – thanks for being here, see you soon!