Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halfway There

I never feel like the garden is in full swing until the sunflowers start to bloom.
 As of Tuesday, August 12, we hit the halfway mark for our CSA season. The summer has been a blur of weeding and watering, with intermittent rain storms to keep things interesting. Through most of July, we averaged 12-hour workdays, six days a week. The kids worked alongside of us much of this time, according to individual ability and interest. Although the War of the Weeds was never truly won, I suppose one could say that a truce was declared. Our energies are now primarily directed at the more delightful, though no less time consuming, tasks of harvesting.

The corn is tasseled out and loaded with fat ears. It won't be long until we can start picking.

The gardens are bursting with produce, as our shareholders can attest. The past two weeks' shares have been so abundant that our children struggled to lift the bags! Members received potatoes, green beans, beets, slicing cucumbers, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, yellow crooknecks, and pattypan squash. Within the next week or two, they can look forward to sweet corn, peppers, larger tomatoes, and a variety of winter squash.

For those of you interested in canning or freezing, don't forget that extra produce, such as pickling cucumbers, beets, and corn, is available to purchase. Shareholders may call ahead so that we can have anything extra ready to pick up with their regular shares. Non-members may also call ahead so that we can have orders ready to pick up either on Farm Stand Friday or at Saturday's Farmers' Market.