We Ready for Fall? July 28, 2014
Triple digit temperatures, summer fruit, long days, and I am thinking about fall. I know, it just doesn’t feel right , but that is the life of a farmer. Our job is to understand where we are in our journey around the sun and anticipate when we need to plant little seeds so that their harvest aligns properly with the ideal season for that crop.
As our harvest crew enters full stride into our melons, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers, the product crew is focusing on fall. Fields are sitting prepared with neat beds, plastic mulch and drip tape. Other fields have been pre-irrigated to bring the first flush of weeds up to be killed with our propane flame thrower, which is the most environmentally sustainable way to organically manage weeds (yeah, it’s a pretty cool toy – has a 200 gallon propane tank on it). All of this is the preparation needed to sow seeds and plants in time for the fall season – giving those plants the best possible chance at success.
Our field of leeks has already been fully planted. The transplants have adjusted to the summer heat and are growing quite nicely. Right now they look like little grass plants, but by October, they will be full size with stocks two inches in diameter. The winter squash plants are huge - butternut, delicata, sugar pie, kabocha and spaghetti. As we speak, the plants are full size with their beautiful, orange flowers being pollinated by local bees. We are hoping for a good set of fruit that will be hardened off before the rains of fall. Our carrots are being directed seeded into beds. The oldest planting is only a couple of inches tall, and we have already planted half of the carrots. The chard and kale fields are ready to be planted, awaiting the transplants that will be arriving from the nursery in a couple of weeks.
It is a busy time on the farm. Harvest and production are both in full swing. All of this is being done to maximize the crops that we can grow locally to ensure that your selection of food is great quality and grown close to your community.
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