Farm news, July 25/2017

We will have the following veggies this week:

lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, potatos, cucumber, zucchini, scallions, dill, cilantro, parsley and basil.

On the farm this week:

The big news is that we’ve got a bigger cooler (finally).   It would have been ready last week but the refrigeration unit wasn’t working well enough –  I moved a compressor and fan from a walk in cooler that was in the farm house that was supposed to work, but it was only cooling it to 10 degrees.  Up until now in the smaller shed we’ve been using a little device called a ‘cool bot’ that turns a simple window air conditioner into a fancy refrigeration unit.  So this weekend, to see if I could save 97% off the price of a new refrigeration unit, I moved the air conditioner from the old shed into the new one which is 3 times as big and it is cooling it  to 4 degrees! ( I was not expecting that!).    So we moved in! Everyone is loving all the space now – I’m going to move a lazy boy into here and just hang out on hot days drinking pina coladas.  

We got another big dump of rain Friday but it was I was working inside again – so it was perfect.  I’m the only one that hasn’t gotten rained on yet – and it’s pure coincidence I swear!  We’ve  hardly had to water at all in the last month which is nice.    Though the truck got stuck in the new road – it just sunk right in.  I’m pretty sure the whole point of a road is so that your truck doesn’t get stuck?

We planted extra potatos this year so we’re doing some potatos earlier than usual for new potatos.  While harvesting potatos and cabbage today I realized we’re shifting into weightlifting season : it seems like every bin we pick up is 50 lbs.  I miss all the leafy greens from June…  Now is when I keep telling everyone that people pay or this kind of workout – they should consider themselves lucky!

A neighbour farmer just recently asked me how we plan to get the cabbage out of the field and I told him we’ll carry it.  He just shook is head and walked away.  I infer that he thinks there’s an easier way.   Here’s Irina carrying a bin of cabbage like it’s nothing!

It turns out there are a lot of insectologists out there that know all the insects I can find.  But, finally in my last attempt to stump Sheri Lee – what is this with it’s beak in the lettuce ?.   There’s a free lb of potatos for the right answer – no google!

That’s it for this week.  See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina, Jaroslav and Nicholas