Farm news, Aug18/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week: 

lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, cabbage, broccoli, beets, onions, potato, zucchini, peppers, beans, eggplant, tomatos, cucumber, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, scallions and hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

We had our first volunteer of the summer this week: Celine from France.  She’s making her way from Victoria to Montreal and making stops along the way and is here for one week.  She said she doesn’t like weeding so much, so I got her to weed all week.  We have rye planted between all the squash, but it’s not perfect, so she went through to pull all the big weeds before they go to seed.  If you can’t see here, it’s because this picture was taken at the peak of the eclipse today when it was pitch dark.  If you can see her, you must have been eating a lot of carrots!  Who knows what squash that is she’s weeding??

So this week we are actually done planting for real, and so this morning I started planting oats and peas for green manure into all the crops we finished harvesting.  Here’s one section that was just seeded next to everyone huddling together to keep warm while picking beans.  

For the spider question in last weeks newsletter, there was apparently no right answer because everyone had a different answer.  I’ve always relied on democracy to find out  the answer to the questions I ask – but this time democracy didn’t work.  Maybe next week I’ll try a different kind of political system…  So if you guessed you won a lb of free potatos!

We had to finally go into the spiders shed because we hung the garlic in it and the next day there was another big web across it!   At least this spider won’t get bored with the spot it picked.   As usual, we’ll have some garlic for sale in the fall and I’ll keep you posted.

Winter onion harvest has started now also.   Here’s one bed out of 6 that we’ve brought in so far.  It’s going to be a steady stream of harvesting for winter from now until november.  Once the onions are cured we’ll be bringing in the squash.  I’ll be sending out an email to csa members regarding winter csa in the next week or two.

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Nicholas and Celine