Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, herbs, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, carrots or beets, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Ken has started mulching.  First he cultivates, then pulls any larger weeds, then spreads mulch to cover the soil – it keeps soil temperatures moderate to promote microbial life in the soil, and it lowers weed pressure.  Ken tries to keep soil covered with either mulch or …

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Mulching Has Begun

Once the bulk of the planting is done, and the heat of summer arrives, Ken starts  mulching.  Some years the weather is such that Ken focuses on planting green manures rather than mulch; most years he does a lot of both.  With the season forecast as hot and dry Ken will focus more on mulch this year,  He ALWAYS plants some green manures, but it is difficult to get green manures established in heat – …

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Strawberries – A Love Hate Relationship

I love strawberries.  They are usually the first fruit after a long winter.  And I don’t mind picking a limited quantity bent over or on my hands and knees.  The Germans, I am told, call them ground berries – and for good reason.     Finding strawberries grown without chemicals is challenging.  They are usually one of the top crops listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen crops with pesticide residue.   Strawberries are …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, braising greens like kale or chard, green onions, asparagus, herbs, and snap peas. Field Notes.  Ken is busy; that seems to be a common spring theme.  He is wrapping up the full season plantings with sweet potatoes (they came late) and next season’s strawberry plants, and starting fall plantings of root crops like beets and carrots.  In between rain he cultivates.  And when …

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Farm Tour

Mark your calendars!  We have set the date for the annual Farm tour. SUNDAY, JULY 24TH 2 – 4 P.M.  RAIN OR SHINE       $10 per person Tour includes garden, fields and green houses with a garden lunch after tour Reservations appreciated so we know how much food to prepare

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad and braising greens like beet thins, endive, and Napa cabbage, the last of spinach, asparagus, sun chokes, green onions, radishes, herbs, and the first of the snap peas.       Field Notes. This is one the year’s busiest times for Ken.  He is juggling so many things: planting the sequential crops like lettuce, planting the last of the “full season” crops like potatoes, …

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Spring Progresses to Summer

The days are lengthening; summer approaches.  Ken has been excited that we have been getting rain; the same rain has kept him busy keeping his crops ahead of the weeds.  Once the soil is no longer wet and gummy, Ken  cultivates; it is easiest when the weeds are small, not once they are large enough to require bending and pulling!.  Most sunny days, he announces, “It’s a fine day for slaying weeds!”  He continues to …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens,  beet thins, onions, radishes, potatoes, sun chokes, herbs – cilantro, oregano and marjoram, and asparagus Field Notes.  Spring is a busy time on the farm.  The rain was welcome; it meant crops that had been standing still were able to pop!  It also meant new weeds could germinate and Ken vigilantly got out once it got dry enough and started …

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Chicks, Chicks, and More Chicks

Ken encourages broody hens.  A broody hen is one who wants to sit on a clutch of eggs and hatch out chicks.  Many modern breeds of egg layers have this trait bred out of them.  Most egg producers think of production of eggs, and a broody hen sits for three weeks and cares for chicks a couple more after they hatch.  She isn’t laying eggs while she does that. We like broody hens that hatch …

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