Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shooting for 100

Here at home and two of our three satelite farms, we are 100% planted out. That is a rarity. Normally we would have some ground laying fallow, in cover crop or otherwise waiting to be prepped and planted. However with this years unusual weather condidtions we are resorting to unusual techniques. We are still planting many crops for fall and overwintering. Salad greens of mostly an Asian mix like tat-tsoi, mizuna, arugula, komatsuna and mustards as well as lettuce. We've been transplanting assorted kales, chards, napa cabbage, bok choi and lettuce. Today I'll be working up the last available space we have to make room for for one more round of transplants and direct sowing.

Also putting in root crops like beets, carrots, onions, turnips an radishes. It's getting late to plant some of this for fall harvest but who knows. If we get a nice long fall and Indian summer we'll get something. If not, hopefully these will overwinter for an early spring harvest. Regardless of my implanted knowledge, (pun not intended) I'm forging ahead as quickly as possible to get as much in the ground as I can before the season closes out. We sell alot of produce in the fall and since we have markets scheduled all the way into November, we need to have as much produce available as possible. We see how we do.

Currently the highlight crop is strawberries. We harvested fourteen flats yesterday and we'll have that much again on friday. They are gorgeous! This is the best time of year for them and the weather has been perfect. We'll continue until first frost.

For such a cool summer I'm thankful to see a decent tomato harvest coming on. We are actually harvesting outdoor toms, something I thought we might not see at all. The late August rain was beneficial and we have not had blight issues as one might expect with the cool/damp condidtions. The big producers are Stupice and Paul Robeson. Ironically, cherry toms have been very slow this year.

The broccoli coming in right now is stunning as well and the kale is exceptionally delicious, especially for this time of year. It's normally not tasty like it is now until it's been hit with a few frosts. In particular the Cavalo Nero is phenominal.

We've been bringing in some potatoes. Our main crop has just completed flowering and will be ready in a month or so. Tuber production seems a little low to me but hopefully they'll bulk up nicely in the coming weeks. Potatoes are a big crop for us so I'm hoping for a good harvest to carry us through the winter.

All in all, most everything is looking great. Despite the weather challenges, our crops are the healthiest I've ever seen. So things are behind where they normally are but these days nothing seems normal so hopefully we'll come out in the end looking good.

Keep well my friends and look forward to some great fall produce!



Farmer John

1 comment:

Test said...

John,

Made an amazing "composed salsa" with MRF tomatoes and onions. Topped it off with jalapenos and cilantro from Rhonda. Amazing. I will send you photos!