Now that Summer is finally here….
We don’t have air conditioning in our house….. in fact, it’s one of those houses that’s hotter inside than out. Which kind of works for us – as if you’re going to be hot, you might as well be outside and doing things than inside…. hot and bored. Also, the transition between going inside and out isn’t as dramatic. I think your body acclimates to where you are and really, Summer isn’t that bad when you don’t have air conditioning to compare it to. That said, I’m glad I’m not in Florida now!
It didn’t take long for me to say it – but we could use a bit of rain! We had the irrigation running on the tomatoes, peppers, and cucurbits (cucumbers and summer squash). Matt griped a bit about the tomato stakes being pounded through the irrigation hose and the main manifold nestled in a bed of extra poisonous looking poison ivy. But these guys are all troopers and are stepping up to the challenge.
We say, once we get through August, we are over the hump, and after the 2nd week in September, things get easier. Although I’ve never run one, I liken veggie farming to running a marathon. For us, there’s this point (especially for the newbie apprentices) where you wonder how much more you can take; how many hot days, late nights, early mornings, weeds, poison ivy, deer damage, insect infestations, and back aches can you take? But we just push on a little harder and that’s when we can see the finish line. The amazing heirloom tomatoes and sungold cherry tomatoes give us that extra ‘umphh’ as we cruise on to the ending…. light weight crops! Kale, lettuce, arugula, and spinach! and the beautiful colors of fall that we are blessed with here in Western PA!
IMPORTANT – Blueberries!
Hunter Farms, in Erie, has started picking Organic Blueberries! These are the best around, although comparatively, a little pricy. It’s definatly worth it – as these are the sweetest, biggest blueberries you’ll ever have.
You can still order a flat of 12 pints for $65 or buy individual pints for $5.50 (limited). (They freeze super well!) We sell them at the farmers market for $6 and they fly off the table!
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and place your order, along with your pick up date (especially if you’re a 1/2 share). Blueberry season just began up in Erie, so we should be taking orders for couple of weeks.