Monday, July 25, 2011

Farm Visit Recap & Farm News July 25th

We want to thank everyone who was able to come to the farm visit! We're sorry that more of you weren't able to attend, so here's a recap of what you missed.

The tour began in the washing area, where we prepare all the harvested veggies for CSA and market. Recently the washing machine we used to spin the washed greens dry died, and Clemens found a good deal on a used professional salad spinner, an improvement because it has a much greater capacity.

Here Clemens is showing the greenhouse to the group. This is where most of the seedlings planted in the field began their life (very early on the seeding began in the house, which is heated; the greenhouse isn't currently heated). The planting is mostly done for the year, so a few weeks ago we moved all the remaining seedlings outside and inside are 3 of 4 beds which are being used to extend the growing season for tomatoes, flowers and lettuce.

We walked the length of the field, stopping at various beds to talk about what was planted and how it was going. We got to sample the first sungold cherry tomatoes and sweet corn of the season!

At the very end of the field are the peppers. Here's the group looking them over, and here also is Clemens with his mouth on fire from the hot pepper he tried out! Don't worry, we grew bell peppers, too.

Back at the house, we dug into the potluck food which was really yummy, and finished the evening with a viewing of the documentary film Gasland.

In other news at the farm, last week Jenny and Clemens spent some time working on clearing more land for planting next year. They rented a stump grinder, here is Jenny using it.

Finally, here is the share for last week, which included carrots, onion, braising greens, red cabbage, green cabbage, 1.5 lbs. of string beans (green, yellow, purple and french), lots of zucchini, a pint of snap peas (sorry, probably the last for this part of the season, though we might plant some for fall harvest) and cucumbers. This week we hope to give you sweet corn; so far, we haven't seen any of the corn worms which are common in organically raised corn, but if you do see one just cut off the affected top and enjoy the rest.

As always, we welcome your feedback, questions and comments! Looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow! ~ Kimberly

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