Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crops in the Hoop Houses are Happy - and So Are We!

The pole beans are huge and climbing to the sky! The cherry tomatoes are almost 7 feet high. The crops in the hoop houses are loving the extra heat and protection from the cold nights we have been having.

We harvest about 6000 bulbs of garlic last week and they are curing and drying out in our pavilion. In about 3-4 weeks they will be dry enough to trim off the stems and clean off the outside skins. Then we will have garlic bulbs for sale.

We moved the baby chicks into the portable coop and they are loving the extra space. Soon they will be large enough wander around in the outside fenced area. We'd love to show you their new home if you or your kids want to see them during your next visit to the farm during our Wednesday evening Farmers Market from 4-6PM.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Growing the Bounty

The farm blogger’s taking off for vacation tomorrow, so this one is a bit early. Still, there’s plenty to report; it’s been a busy week thus far, and we’ll start with the rousing success of the June Farm Dinner!

Catered by a stalwart crew of employees and volunteers, the dinner’s forty-two guests enjoyed a delicious, home-cooked meal, including: chard and ricotta gallete; kale and cherry belle radish salad; pureed carrot soup with garlic pesto; roasted tomatoes with lamb kifta over polenta; and lemon balm pannacotta with strawberries and cream for dessert. A general sense of satisfaction was reported, and the dinner was followed by a performance by a very skillful storyteller.

Out in the fields, the squash and pumpkins have enjoyed their first round of weeding, and the peas are flowering and will soon be bearing pods. The beds of lacinato kale have come back strong after suffering the hunger of cabbage loopers and imported cabbage worms, an invasive species of caterpillar from Asia. One of our volunteers, a particularly hale and hearty man, has even been clearing the unseeded fields of stones! Not only does this make tilling significantly easier, it also makes the quarter acre look good as new.

In other news, this week’s tomato harvest thus far totals roughly one hundred and thirteen pounds, up ninety-three pounds from last week. This includes cherry tomatoes such as Sungolds, Black Cherries, and Chadwick Cherries, 4th of July salad tomatoes, and heirlooms of several varieties. The numbers only go up from here, folks, so stay tuned.

(pictured above: today's market spread)

For those of you chiefly interested in our eggs, good news: the chicks are growing up fast, and we should be acquiring eleven new laying hens from a third party. Our chickens thrive on a diet of organic, soy-free feed and various leftover produce, including tomatoes, kale, beet greens, chard, depending on the season.

That’s all for now. As a brief reminder, though, CSA is starting July 9th; share pickups will take place on Wednesdays, 4 pm – 6 pm in the pavilion. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Stone Coop Summer's Day

It's been a rainy week here on the farm, but the show goes on--and we've got plenty to show for it! Broccoli, parsley, summer squash, and kohlrabi have been planted despite the weather's best efforts, and the field kale harvest is brisk and bountiful. You can expect to see bunches of curly red and curly green kale, as well as bags of the ever-popular lacinato variety, at tomorrow's Brighton Farmers Market, 8 AM - 1 PM. In addition, we'll have a very small amount of sweet Sungold cherry tomatoes and 4th of July salad tomatoes available. Come around early to get yours!

Speaking of which, the great tomato harvest is just now ramping up; we managed to pluck some twenty pounds this week, but within a month we can expect roughly eight hundred to a thousand pounds per week. Whether you take them raw or fried, on sandwiches or salads, drizzled with balsamic or sprinkled with salt, this is great news for all tomato-lovers.

That about covers it for now. We look forward to seeing you at market tomorrow, where we'll also be offering eggplants and purple peppers for the first time this season!