Sunday, August 20, 2017

 Tomato time. Pickup some of these beautiful heirloom varieties at market this week.
 Daikon radish seedlings
 Husk cherries ready for harvest
Recently hatched monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant by the barn

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 13, 2017

 No onions...they drowned


 Dead potatoes with weeds


Well, because of the lack of onions and potatoes this year (first two photos) we had to sit down this week and replan our plantings for what crops we could have for this fall and winter (third photo).

 Luna, Liz and Gemini
Daikon radishes just planted. Now we actually need some rain!!

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Kale
Flour

Sunday, August 6, 2017

 The dragon tongues are really kicking into high gear now.
 Liz between the tomato walls
 A couple of the onions that did not rot. We have had two major crop failures this year: potatoes (due to rotting and an unexpected outbreak of leafhoppers) and onions, leeks and shallots (due to rotting from excessive cold and moisture last spring). This will be a major impact on our sales through winter. We will try to have enough for the CSA though. Very frustrating! We have learned a couple things to help in the future: We need to plant even later than we did this year. A couple more weeks in the spring will help the soil warm and dry up. And we need gutters on our hoophouses. When we have excessive rainfall, water rushes off the roof and runs into the nearby beds, some of which were onions, leeks and shallots this year.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:

Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Kale

Sunday, July 30, 2017

 The young butternuts.
 Just-hilled ginger with tomatoes on both sides in Folkenflik
 Cherry tomatoes forever!
Friends in the tool shed.

Small share choose 8, large share 10:




Leeks
Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Sweet Onions
Green peppers
Ripe peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radishes

Sunday, July 23, 2017

 We came across this stick bug while harvesting garlic
 The German White garlic is now curing in the barn. It looks great this year.
Carmen peppers ripening in Wade (the name of one of our hoophouses - as in Wade Goodwin) 

We are doing our best right now to stay on top of the mowing and weed elimination. Most of the planting is done for now and with all the rain we are devoting much of our time to keeping the weeds at bay. The leaf miners (a little fly) have been destroying the chard. With that and the disease pressure brought on by all this rain, we have been resorting to using more organic sprays than usual.

Small share choose 7, large share 9:

Husk Cherries
Eggplant (maybe)
Onions
Green peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Pea shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radi

Sunday, July 16, 2017

 The roma tomatoes are looking good
 Sauerkraut anyone?
Bumblebees working the milkweed flowers

The farm is looking pretty good. Many of our fall crops have already been planted. If you are wondering where our onions and potatoes are, they seem to have been negatively affected by the cool, wet spring. Most of our onions are severely stunted and many of our early potatoes rotted in the ground. The potatoes we do have are also late in maturing. I think we will harvest the first variety of garlic this week.

Small share choose 7, large share choose 9:

Cherry tomatoes
Basil
Tomatoes
Carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Garlic
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe)
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radishes
Flour

Sunday, July 9, 2017

 Broccoli time!

 Maybe someday we will have some ripe tomatoes.
We were planning on not getting baby chicks this year, but we changed our minds. We learned that Luna could get into the little coop we built for them. She got in there and just stared at them creepily.

6th week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 7, large share choose 9):
Cherry tomatoes (maybe)
Green onions
Baby carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Zucchini (maybe...finally?)
Garlic scapes
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Kale
Daikon radishes
Flour

Sunday, July 2, 2017

 We have lost many chickens lately to an owl. We have been moving them frequently to deter the owl. Not sure what we are going to do if it continues to be a problem. We did order a new batch of chicks, though. They should be arriving this week.


 One of the "wierd solanaceas" we planted this year. Solanacea is the tomato family.
Uhhh...a river in our field. The rain can stop for a little while now!


5th week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 7, large share choose 9):
Green onions
Baby carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers
Garlic scapes
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli
Spinach
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Radishes
Salad turnips
Kale
Daikon radishes
Flour

Sunday, June 25, 2017

 Field peas, oats and vetch cover crop with part tarped to eliminate weeds. Fall and winter crops like carrots, beets, watermelon radishes and turnips will be planted here in the coming weeks. Gemini enjoying a puddle drink.

 Beet flowers that will form seeds for this fall and next year's beet crops.

 Freshly transplanted winter squash.

Leaf miners (larvae inside the leaf (yes, inside the leaf) in center of photo) have been big problems this year in our beets, chard and spinach. This photo is of a spinach leaf.

This Friday, June 30, we will have a potluck event on the farm. The farm is in full swing and its been a while since we have had an event. Come see baby goats, lightning bugs, smell the chocolatey beet flowers, feed the chickens, taste the first few ripe cherry tomatoes. We will start at 6:00. Bring a dish to pass and one to eat from.

4th week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 6, large share choose 8):
Green onions
Baby carrots
Green beans
Chard
Cucumbers (maybe)
Garlic scapes
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli
Spinach
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Radishes
Salad turnips
Kale
Potatoes
Daikon radishes
Flour

Sunday, June 18, 2017

 Liz casts a long shadow on our baby lettuces
 Garlic scape season is here!
Field peas in our cover crop. We are not sure why field peas grow very well for us but not any of the peas that are tasty to humans.

3rd week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 6, large share choose 8):
Green beans (limited supply)
Chard (limited supply)
Cucumbers (limited supply)
Garlic scapes
Pea shoots
Sunflower shoots
Beets
Cabbage
Broccoli (maybe...)
Spinach
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Radishes
Salad turnips
Kale
Potatoes
Daikon radishes
Flour

Sunday, June 11, 2017

 Goat kids at Muddy Fingers. Too cute!
 Pretty bean blossoms
 Garter snake hanging out in the beans
Zucchinis-to-be

2nd week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 5, large share choose 7):
Spinach
Lettuce mix
Scallions
Radishes
Salad turnips
Kale
Cilantro
Eggs (count as 2 items)
Potatoes
Daikon radishes
Flour
Vegetable transplants

Sunday, June 4, 2017

 Baby carrots
 Rye and vetch cover crop ready to be mowed this week
 4 clean beds with no weeds after having the tarp removed
 True red cranberry pole beans being grown as a seed crop to be sold to Fedco Seeds in Maine
Our preferred implements of (weed) destruction. The Cobrahead (left) for narrow parts between rows and the Hooke n Crooke (right) for wider weed annihilation.

First week of CSA expected vegetables (Small share choose 5, large share choose 7):
Spinach
Lettuce mix
Spicy mix
Scallions
Radishes
Salad turnips
Kale
Cilantro
Eggs (count as 2 items)
Potatoes
Daikon radishes
Purple top turnips
Flour
Vegetable transplants

Sunday, May 28, 2017

 Paraphernalia for submitting tomato leaf tests. This helps us know which nutrients to amend the soil or plants with to keep them growing well throughout the summer.
 Planting a tropical crop on a not-so-tropical day. This is turmeric which we are growing for the first time.



 Liz planting leeks. She is super-fast.
 Voles or mice destroying our eggplants again this year
Fire and water. Matthew flameweeding a parsnip bed while Liz waters.


Don't forget, the CSA begins next week starting Monday June 5. We will have lots of great spring crops.