Summer is here, right?
Last week we had about 3 1/2 inches of rain. This upcoming week looks rather wet too. After talking with other farmers at the markets and commiserating, it sounds like we’re all going to be in the same boat pretty soon. The multitude of overcast days (no sun) and cool weather are slowing crop growth and spreading disease. The excess rain has leached away our fertilizers and we’ll have to side-dress everything for a boost. Luckily – that deer fence is doing its job and we’re not losing crops to deer as much as we have in the past!
It’s times like this that the strength of “community supported agriculture” comes through. You all have invested in our farm and are prepared to take the good with the bad. I’m starting to worry that harvests may be lean for a couple of weeks until some crops come in: Our tomatoes are looking great (no Late Blight, knock on wood) and the beans are full of flowers.
We’ve got watermelons, cantaloupes, and winter squash coming along – but no where near harvesting stage. Our summer squash, cucumbers, and peppers are looking good, but still need a few more weeks till harvest. We will most likely buy in some items to fill the CSA until our crops bring things up to par. It’s stressful, and not fun to have something so out of control as soggy, weedy fields and a bunch of folks depending on us!
So far you all have been supportive (and seem happy with your shares), but I’m anxious about that coming to a screeching halt and you not prepared for the real reason why. We hope to make up for any deficit in the CSA later in the season.
Hopefully this isn’t too much of a downer newsletter – I try to keep it real and not overly sanguine!
Sam had friends visit from Brooklyn NY this weekend. They pushed up their sleeves and put a hurtin’ on the weeds in our bean patch. We’ve got 8 triple rows of yellow wax and royal burgundy beans on their way to fruition! Thanks guys!!