|Angel showing off an abundant broccoli harvest!|
So I thought this would be a good week to fill you in on where we are with things on the farm as summer is winding down and fall is beginning. With the cool summer we’ve had, many of our fall crops have been growing nicely and are actually coming in ahead of schedule. We have four fall broccoli plantings that normally mature in late September and all of October. Well, they’ve already started making heads and the first part of this week the crew cut over 1,200# of broccoli!
As soon as we finish harvesting a field towards the end of the summer, Dad gets antsy to chop the remaining plants, spread compost on the field, and then plant a soil-improving cover crop mix. This is very important so we can ensure there are nutrients going back into the soil for next year’s crop. When you come to the farm for the party, I can show you some cool fields with different cover crops on them.
|Butternut Squash Harvest|
|The fist burdock root harvest|
We have many more tasty vegetables to harvest for you though before we get into the heavy root crops. Jicama, lemongrass, celery, Portuguese kale and I almost forgot the fall cabbages! Dad loves creamed cabbage and creamy cole slaw. I don’t care for these dishes, but we usually have these things with cheeseburgers…which I do like!
Well, I know I forgot some things, but you get the jist that there’s a lot happening around here! Dad and I have been checking the pumpkins, which should be ready just in time for the party. Have I mentioned we’re having a party? Just a reminder that I’m a dog and will need help at the party to get my pumpkin out of the field and onto the wagon. Usually there are plenty of children who are willing to help, but I thought I’d be proactive and ask in advance so you can put this event on your calendar and make plans to attend. It’s going to be a fun day and we hope you’ll join us!