Our harvest season is coming to a close, and the CSA finished last weekend. To celebrate, we held an apple cider pressing, and produced 60 gallons of apple juice thanks to many family and friends. A heartfelt thank you to all our CSA members this year!
Mid-August already! The blackberries were ready early, so Dave harvested 50 lbs from our Farm. On Sunday friends and family gathered to help can 127 jars of blackberry jam. Dave has been harvesting apples from our trees, too, so we have several bushels in the cooler. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash are in full production. Summertime!
Wow it is nearly summer! Artichokes are ready to harvest, along with kale and garlic scapes. Pea pods are on the vine. Small heads of lettuce are also ready to eat.
Our CSA produce boxes may start a little earlier than usual due to the warm spring.
The greenhouses are planted and potatoes are hilled.
Spring is here, even if the calendar does not yet agree. The frogs are chorusing all evening, robins are back, and daffodils are in bloom. I'm starting seeds for this summer's produce, and prepping the greenhouses. Time to get the fields ready, too.
Late winter already, the garlic is up and weeded. Seeds are ordered, and some are already started in our mini-greenhouse inside the barn. Time to prune the fruit trees, and blueberry bushes.
We've had three floods in the past three weeks, which is unusual. The fields and greenhouses were all under water, but the buildings remained dry inside. Now the cold weather is coming, with the potential for snow. Time to get cozy by the woodstove!
The first flood of the season arrived on Halloween, with water in the fields, roads and driveway closed. No damage, just high water. Fortunately friends and family helped with Pepper Palooza the previous weekend to clean out the pepper house and make 5 gallons of green chili sauce. While stuck at home this weekend due to the flooding, Dave made 5 gallons of red chili sauce. I'm making apple butter.
We pressed 22 gallons of fresh apple and pear cider today, with lots of help from family and friends. About half the apples and pears came from our trees, and another half from Bruce and John's trees. A thank-you is due our neighbor Van who lent us the press. Dave prepared a feast for our helpers, with delicious contributions from Alaina. Despite the drizzle, a good time was had by all.
This is the last week of our CSA for 2015. We get to enjoy lots of winter squash, plus we still have tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. And lots of other veggies - cucumbers, potatoes, garlic, scallions, carrots, and the last of the summer squash. Thank you to all of our CSA members for being part of our farm. And, thanks to Nikki for helping me run the farm!
Summer is rapidly coming to a close, and we have lots of tomatoes, peppers and eggplant in the greenhouses. The squash are slowing down, and soon it will be time for winter squash. It's been an interesting season with the first months hot and dry, requiring lots of irrigation, and then the last few weeks back to normal with rain every few days. The River was as low as we have ever seen it this year.