Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summer is in Swing

Everyone reported that Ian and Mary Kate's wedding was a great success. The weather cooperated and everyone said "I do" with gusto. The guests were well fed and celebrated late into the night. We wish them great years ahead.

Today's Produce

Lots of great things available today. Squash, cucumbers, chard, english peas, summer spinach, french crisp lettuce, onions, lettuce mix, pac choi, carrots, broccoli, garlic scapes, and beets. And we're back to choice of units.
Unit Board

Beautiful striped green squash

yellow Pattypan squash
Pattypan squash, great for stuffing, baking, or slicing and steaming


Sarah's chickens

You may remember the pictures of Sarah's chicks from May 1st. Well, the chicks have had their day in the sun and now they are ready for your dinner table.

Sarah is proud of her chickens.

much Mor bread:

Last week they were sold out when I got there, but I was lucky enough to get a loaf today. Mor's bread is dense and 100% organic grains. I love it toasted. I am hearing that there will be a second vendor soon so there will be more insanely fresh bread available.

Ombucha Kombucha:

An interesting fermented drink. It looks lovely...

Noelani enjoys the Ombucha

Adair Wines:

Adair Vineyard will return on July 18th; bring your cash or credit card as the farm card cannot be used to purchase alcohol...
Wine, another fermented beverage

A great selection. I bought the Mountain White last month and loved it.

Bluefields Farm Chevre:

I am trying this today! It looks so good.

Growing Things

It's hot -- it's so hot that I didn't want to take a picture of the thermometer. It's not too bad in the shade, but alas, there is not much use for shade on a farm. I think things are growing!

flowers just coming up
Flowers growing, to be picked later this summer.

Greenhouse with young plants

Greenhouse with lettuce

These rows just got weeded. Pete tells me he spends about $1000 each week just to keep thing weeded.
newly weeded rows
Just weeded
These rows just got harvested and may end up in your bag this week.
Just harvested
Just harvested
Squash ready for picking -- the bins are waiting.
mature squash plants

Planting Melons -- Videos too!

I visited a field a few blocks away from the main farm. There David and Ian were preparing the field for melons. It was David's 17th birthday today! Here's a photo, but be sure to click the link below for more photos & videos.
David working on his 17th birthday. Ian working after his wedding last weekend.

This tractor attachment lays down fertilizer and a drip irrigation line and then lays the plastic on top. There are little holes cut into the plastic line to allow water to drip below the plastic directly to the plant roots with no evaporation or waste.

Here's a another slightly longer video showing the tractor in use. It's my first time uploading a video here so if things go wrong, please write me a comment.
Later, another attachment on the tractor is used to poke a hole through the plastic, allow a young plant to be planted, and then deliver a shot of water to the new plant.

Here is a melon that has already been planted. 
melon plant
Melon plants
I'm looking forward to the Taliaferro melons with my share this year!

A few random photos to see if you read to the end...

Peter is Robin & Pete's son too, and like Delaney and Ian, he also works on the farm.
Peter on the tractor
Sarah works the farm stand, she raises & prepared chickens for you to cook, she even drives the tractor.
Sarah on the tractor!
No blog is complete without Ana and Delaney...
Ana and Delaney
That's everything for this week! See you next week.

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