First, we plan to begin vegetable deliveries the week of Tuesday, July 9/Saturday, July 12. Look for an e-mail from the farm in about a week or so with your pick-up day and site assignment.
Second, many of you have already signed up for your work day at the farm. If you haven’t, take a look at the harvest/delivery calendar here, find a date that works for you and e-mail Michele Gersich. She’ll be happy to add you to the calendar.
Third, I believe there are Spring Hill bags out there from last season, including the fall deliveries which were sent out with no way to get them back if you didn’t attend the fall dinner. If you have a bag, could you let us know? We’re trying to get an accurate count of how many we have to start the season.
Finally, In what has been one of the coolest and wettest springs ever, we thought you might find it interesting to read a crop by crop report:
- Garlic: despite a strange winter where we did not see snow until January and the garlic field was covered under a sheet of ice, we had emergence rate of about 90% on the German Hardy Red variety we have been growing for years. Whew! We were worried! The unfavorable conditions have reduced the growth and vigor this spring, but all in all the crop looks good. Interestingly, our other variety: Donnie Praska, which we sourced from our friend Erik Sessions in Iowa, had an emergence rate of about 50% . Perhaps it’s just a bit too tender for our northern Wisconsin winters. (We do like this variety, however, for its long-keeping ability so we may keep planting a limited quantity).
- Broccoli: the broccoli looks great! We have been able to get our succession plantings (nine, for a grand total of 3880) in on time and additionally, it is all mulched with our hay harvested last year! Go Broccoli!!!
- Cabbage looks good and we have been judicious in our planting. Not too much, but just enough.
- Carrots—the first planting looks good, with not too many weeds. Yeah!!!!!!
- Beets are beautiful and deer fencing is up to prevent unacceptable loss.
- Onions and leeks are in and doing just fine.
- Peppers hate the cold and wet, therefore they are pitiful. We have covered them with a floating row cover to give them a bit of extra warmth—we’ll see.
- Tomatoes—so far so good, the hoophouse tomatoes look especially good right now.
- Potatoes are up and strong.
- Cucumbers have finally settled in. They did not like our cool, wet weather and we lost some but we have enough to carry us through just fine.
- Green beans: three plantings are in, two are up, all are fenced from the deer.
- The Brussels Sprouts are absolutely gorgeous –hoping they stay the course
- Winter squash and melons are settling in and would appreciate a bit of warmth I’m sure.
- Herbs: cilantro, dill, parsley, and sage are all fine. The basil prefers warmer conditions, but we have succession plantings so I’m sure we will have abundance this summer.
- Raspberries, rhubarb, and blueberries are all weeded and mulched and looking good! Again, thanks to our early spring work crews for this!
There are, of course, other crops not mentioned but by and large they are doing ok.
As always, if you have any questions, please ask!
Patty and Mike