🌾 On the Farm and In the Field with Farmer Richard!
"If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a harvest."-Douglas Jerrold
Every year is different and brings its own opportunities and challenges. This may be the new record for the longest, coldest, most wet spring in my 40 plus years of vegetable farming. Despite the weather challenges, our crew has done a super job of seizing each small window of dry weather to prepare fields, plant, cultivate and put row covers on crops for heat gain and to keep away the dreaded flea beetles. We started our weekly “salad greens” plantings on April 10 and have only missed one planting due to rain. We have kept up with weeds (it helps when everything is growing slowly!), both with hand weeding and as much mechanical cultivation as we can. While the season has had a bit of a slow start, we’ve been enjoying the special spring greens and radishes, but change is in sight! All of our heat loving crops are planted and ready for some warmer weather! If you have not been checking our weekly blog, this is the week! I took some pictures earlier this week as I made my rounds through the fields to check on crops. Join me as I show you what’s happening here at the farm!
|Sugar Snap Peas: 3 Crops Planted, No Blossoms Yet|
|Salad Lettuce & Greens: Next Week's Crop|
|Looking Great for a Full Season of Onions!|
|Zucchini Under Row Cover for 3 Weeks, Now It's Time for some Warm Sun☀️|
|Kohlrabi & Green Curly Kale, Ready to Take Off!|
|Celeriac, Coming Up Nicely|
|Green & Yellow Beans, Peaking Out for Warm Weather|
|Basil, STILL Undercover Waiting for Summer!|
|3rd Year Strawberry Field is Full & Blushing, We'll Start Picking This Week 🍓|
|1st Year Strawberry Field Just Planted--No Weeds!🌿|
|Lupines in Full Bloom by the Strawberries (I had to take a picture!)|