Farm news, Sept 26/2017

We’ll have the following veggies this week for csa:

Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, potatos, beets, onions, leeks, tomatos, peppers, eggplant, dill, cilantro, parsley, scallions and hot peppers.

On the farm this week:

Well, I guess I asked for it so I shouldn’t complain about getting rain, but come on! Let’s be reasonable!  We’re good for water now and I feel like it’s probably safe to put the sprinklers away for the year.

Other than it now being cold and wet, it’s a nice time of year and the pace is slowing down a bit for us.  We’re almost done cleaning onions, and have harvested most of the squash and the weather’s been nice – the mornings aren’t that cold yet.   And we still haven’t gotten rained on at the market.  So I’ve decided to just sell my canopies because I’m that sure we will never get rained on!

Over the next few weeks we’ve got a few projects we hope to get done.  But I”m just taking them one at a time because it feels like time is running out!

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been trying to fix all the leaks in the irrigation system.  I’ve been told by many people now that  it’s good thing I’m not a plumber because I’ve been working at it for a couple weeks and there’s still a few leaks to fix!   After that I’m wanting to bury the pipe so that if it still leaks I can pretend not to know….maybe that’s a bad strategy.  We’re also hoping to get another greenhouse up and move the existing one to a better spot.   Finally after this weekend it became apparent that there’s some drainage work that still needs some improvement…

Today we had  surprise when Sarah showed up for work.  She normally goes for a 2000 mile walk each summer but didn’t do any trips this year and so has been getting so restless that she’s constantly pacing around the farm.  So she took off work to go hiking the Mantario trail for the last 4 days.  But because of the rain she cut her trip short just so she could come work.  She said she’d been waiting all year to work on a wet cold day and would never miss it! 

Finally it’s brussel sprout time!  We harvest the brussel sprouts on the stalk. To get them off you can cut them or just snap them off.  If you cut the bottom of each brussel sprouts the outer layer comes off easily.

That’s it for this week.

See you soon!

Jonathan, Sarah, Irina and Jaroslav