Week one of the CSA has come and gone with only a few hiccups. We are excited to report that there has been a lot happening on the farm this week. We have gone from wearing mud boots to kicking the dust as we walk about the farm. This means, irrigation season is upon us.
There is a definite cycle to things on the farm. The work is never done and it seems like it’s always “too early” to be planting something – can you believe we’ve already planted our no-till pumpkins and winter squash this week?! Around here, we find that we are continually seeding, transplanting, irrigating, harvesting, discing, hilling… and starting over again.
This week we have seeded radishes, sweetcorn, dill and green beans in the field and in the high tunnels. These crops will all be planted multiple times throughout the growing season. If I counted right, this is the 9th planting of radishes and we missed one or two plantings when we had so much rain and standing water.
Some crops are seeded directly in the ground, while others are seeded in trays in the greenhouse first and then transplanted as a plug. This week we transplanted broccoli, kohlrabi, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, summer squash, green onions and cantaloupe.
Many of our plants get set out into plastic mulch. Plastic mulch basically looks like a layer of thin plastic that is about 3 feet wide in long straight rows in the field. It’s kind of like the weed barrier fabric that might get laid down in a flower garden.
Unfortunately, some of our plastic mulch did not hold up well in the strong winds this spring. It was ripped from the ground completely in some places and simply plucked plants out of the ground in others. So this week we re-planted zucchini, yellow squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe where we lost crops due to wind and plastic.
Farm Tour – Sunday, June 26
We would like to invite each of you out to the farm for a tour on Sunday June 26, 2016 from 2 – 4 pm. We will take you on a couple of hayrack rides around the farm. We will also take you on a tour through the greenhouse, high tunnels, and packing shed. Bring your family or bring a friend – this is your chance to see how your produce is grown, where it comes from and meet the crew.
Ryan, Katie, and Crew
What’s in This Week’s CSA?
*Indicates item only in the full share CSA