Week #6 Tuesday, August 11 – Friday, August 14, 2020

In Your Bag
Potatoesthe yellow potatoes will green very quickly—please keep them in the dark.
Fresh White & Red Onions
Peppers – Shishitos (in the bag) & one sweet pepper
Zucchini – green and/or yellow,
Bright Lights Chard
Big Basil Bunch! enough for a batch of pesto

Most produce has been rinsed at the farm, you’ll want to wash it at home. 

Coming soon!
Next week, we’ll likely send some Anaheim and jalapeno peppers.  We’re hoping for a cabbage and crossing our fingers on the melons.  Another batch of green beans should be ready next week and the Roma tomatoes are starting to ripen so it won’t be long before you’ll start seeing those! 

Farm News
I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but we could use some rain out here!  I know, I know, I’ve been complaining about too much rain for weeks.  I don’t even know how it’s possible that it’s dry, but it is.  Anna arrived here on Monday morning with reports of heavy rain and stormy weather in the city, but we didn’t get any of that here.  Not that we wanted heavy rains.  Please no!  But, we could use some rain, particularly for things we’ve recently planted and transplanted.  Mike planted a bunch of cover crop and a bed of arugula a few days ago.  We also did a lot of transplanting, clearing the hay rack of all those crops that had been waiting for the fields to dry.  They get a good dose of water as they’re being planted but they could use another drink.  Having emptied the hay rack, we promptly filled it again (well, not quite filled) with newly seeded flats.    Those flats hold the final batch of transplants for the year.  One last round of beets, some fall kohlrabi and kale. 

As I write this, Mike and Erin and Anna are out in the onions beginning the harvest of the storage onions.  They’ll dry down for a few days out in the field and soon we’ll bring them up to the greenhouse to continue curing.  First, though we’ll have to get the garlic in crates to make room for those onions!

Finally the peppers are starting!  It’s not a particularly bountiful crop this year, but they’re coming along.  Everything is just a little strange out there this year, in the world and in the garden.  We’re learning to take it in stride.

Tuesday is Anna’s last work day at the farm.  We’ve looked forward to her arrival on Monday mornings and so appreciated the extra hands to help with harvesting and packing on Mondays and Tuesdays.    

As usual, deer pressure begins to increase significantly at this time of year. First of all, there are simply too many deer in our part of the county—there were eleven on our road the other night and then more in and around the gardens.  I believe we counted about 17!  The Whitetail deer has adapted well to this type of mixed land use we have in our area and management of the herd is a challenge for sure!  True to form, this year’s deer are trying out everything.  It seems as if they sample something and if it doesn’t sicken them, then thye have at it–potatoes (the vines) leeks, and onions are all on the menu!  Fortunately, we have an effective fencing system (most times) that we can move around as needed. Crops we are currently protecting are: beets, fennel, carrots, winter squash, broccoli, cabbage, melons, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, and fall greens. So, take that deer!