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An Abrupt End To Fall

Zaid talks about the rapid decline of summer, and gives us a peek into the planning that's already begun for next season:

Fall has set in with temps in the 50's, what an abrupt end to summer. We could get another week of warm weather next week I hope. The frost can happen for us as early as 9/20 and as late as 10/10...we will see. We will begin planting garlic for next year in the next few weeks..but things are winding down and crops are on the verge of running out. So enjoy tomatoes for a little while longer..the melons are gone and many of the summer crops such as peppers and eggplants peaked weeks ago and did not do as well as we wanted due to the heat. We are already thinking about next years crops and all the issues that go with that.


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.

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.