Week #7 Tuesday, August 18 – Friday, August 21, 2020

In Your Bag

Melons OR Potatoeswe didn’t have quite enough melons for everyone.  Some will get our favorite potato – Satains.  They will green very quickly—please keep them in the dark.
Cabbage
Yellow Onions
Garlic
Green Beans

Peppers – Anaheims and jalapenos
Cucumbers
Zucchini
– green and/or yellow,
Kale
Tomatoes
a mix of reds and salad tomatoes
Herb bunch – Italian parsley, thyme, sage

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

Coming soon!
Sweet peppers next week and probably Roma tomatoes too.  We’re hoping for green beans, carrots and melons too.  

Farm News
This week marks the halfway point of the 2020 Spring Hill season, and so perhaps a little crop report is in order.  First of all, this season has been one of weather extremes in our little valley and, as the weather goes, so goes the garden. We started out dry, which with our soils, actually worked to our advantage.  All the way from May through the end of June we were able to hit our planned planting and transplanting dates.  At the end of June, things looked pretty good—crops were in on time, weed control was excellent, and we felt really great about beginning the delivery season.  Then the rains came. For the month of July, the rains never really stopped.   As we have mentioned before, we received just shy of 15 inches during that July stretch, half of it in one single event. (This represents about half of our average annual rainfall!)  The negative impact of that kind of rain is both immediate and longer term.  Right away we lost several plantings due to drowning from crops in standing water or water-logged soil. The second planting of beets, much of the cauliflower, and fall carrots were just some of the immediate casualties.  Additionally, we missed eleven different succession plantings of crops during that time because the soil was too wet to plant.  The longer-term impact of this kind of disruption, however, is just as significant with disease and nutrient deficiencies showing up over time. Unfortunately, the broccoli that looked so good at the end of June, was hit with disease brought on by all the rain and needed to be destroyed—several thousand heads!  Also, many crops simply failed to thrive as the roots struggled for nutrients in the overly wet soil which resulted in decreased yields. Yet somehow, enough of our crops have persevered so that we have been able to pack bags with a reasonable amount of diversity.  We count garlic, cucumbers, zucchini, and early onions among the successes to date. With the drier weather of August, we were able to get some new plantings in the ground that are now thriving.  For example, after the fall carrots (Bolero, a 75 day variety) was pounded with all that July rain and failed to germinate, we ordered different variety (Napoli, 54 days) from our main seed supplier, Johnny’s Selected Seeds out of Albion Maine, and replanted. I am happy to say the carrots are now up, weeded, and looking great!  Because we missed so many July plantings, we still had land available. We rewrote our greens plan and planted more of the quick growing fall greens such as arugula and fall bunching kale.  They too are looking good.  All in all, the gardens are beginning to look normal again.  Weeds are under control, plants are healthy and vigorous, and the crop diversity remains.  There will be certainly be changes from what we have normally delivered in the late summer and fall, yet we are hopeful  that the second half of the season will be solid and the bags will be diverse and abundant.