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Sunday
Aug292010

Rooftop Farm Opens in Astoria

We're a little late noting this, but this is really neat and worth noting:

The curiously-named Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm began supplying extremely local vegetables to some area restaurants in the Spring and starting a market on-site and pop-up stands in Brooklyn and Queens in July. When they were getting established, the original location for the farm was supposed to be in Brooklyn, but things fell through and they ended up leasing rooftop space at a reduced rate right here in the neighborhood on Northern Boulevard. It's about as local as food can get in the city, and they're off to a really great start. Local eatery Vesta has been featuring their produce since the first harvests were coming out of the ground, and the chef at Hell Gate Social told me he was starting to buy from them as well. If you're looking to compliment your share or just pick up something that's not coming down from Norwich Meadows, this is probably your best and closest bet. The public market is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, details at http://brooklyngrangefarm.com.

Wednesday
Aug182010

Peak Harvest Brings Variety

On the farm:
 
Mid August already and we are still planting a few items for fall and winter. Everybody is working hard to harvest, prep (drying and cleaning onions and garlic), we are also starting to make pickles and other value added products. We are at peak harvest now and things like watermelons and melons will be done. The heat compressed the melon season, for example, from our normal 6 weeks to about 3-4 weeks.; Other effected crops include eggplants, peppers, and greens. Enjoy the variety now while it is here.
Wednesday
Aug112010

Continuing Heat Shifts Peak Season

Zaid relayed the following this morning:
The heat wave we have had has shifted our peak season by about 2 weeks so you will be getting melons now instead of in late August. In fact, some of our melon varieties will be done this week. As with everything every week and every season brings on new challenges and nothing is the same. Last week we got a message from cooperative extension that late blight was found in Chenango County.
 
Ramadan started today and the Egyptian crew is both happy and anxious as they will have to work in this heat [without eating or drinking!]. It looks like it will cool down for us some however. Fordham will be joining us for the fall and Farmshare will be advertising the winter share already..what happened to summer???
Wednesday
Jul282010

Heat and Breakdowns Persist, Late Blight Returns

This summer is an unusual one for sure, and it continues to take it's toll on the farm. Here's the latest:

The most heat since recorded meteorology ??? That's what they are saying now..we continue to battle the effects of that; last night another cooler died. All in a day...we are finishing up fall and winter plantings as the window is almost gone...You are getting more and more summer stuff and soon the tomatoes will be coming along. Late blight is rearing it's ugly head again....please pray for us.

Wednesday
Jul212010

Breakdowns, Woodland Creatures, and MORE HEAT!

Please take a moment to be grateful for all that the folks out at the farm are going through this year. They don't seem to be able to catch a break, yet are still getting delicious stuff to us week after week. Here's the latest report:

Writing you this from the side of the road, the van we rent in the summer to haul the tables, tents, and market setup gear broke down. This is the second breakdown in 3 weeks.....We are contemplating farming in the south if this weather keeps up, we hope this is not how summers are going to be. While the tomatoes are doing well, the peppers are showing signs of heat damage. The cool season crops are suffering, we have lost a lot of greens to the heat and to wildlife that prefers our relatively lush vegetation to the woodier wild stuff. We have not had good rains in a while so this causes the wild vegetation to become woody and thus not so desirable to the deer, woodchucks, etc. Overall, the summer crops such as squash are doing very well and that will be reflected in the share and the greens will be a little tougher due to the heat.

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