Farm Update 10-10-19

Well, the final weekend of the 2019 season is upon us. I hope most of you got to take in the foliage over the last two weeks, as it’s mostly done here now (at least in most of the Jewett valley)

With Halloween approaching, don’t forget to pick up a nice carving pumpkin, or grab a bunch of gourds for fall decoration. There are still a whole bunch of different Local Apples. I was able to dig potatoes this week, and will continue to do so over the weekend. I was able to harvest Red, Yukon Gold, Adirondack Blue, and mini White Potatoes. Be sure to check out the What’s Available page for the complete listing for the weekend.

Oh, and I was able to arrange for some of my sister’s Magic Cookie Bars. Last chance to get them until the late spring.

For those who regularly get eggs, I will definitely be keeping the chickens until about the middle of November. If you would like to get eggs after the stand closes, please contact me at the number shown to the right and we can arrange a time for pick up. The same goes for people looking for preserves.

The schedule for this last week is as follows:

Fri 10/11 — 10 – 6
Sat 10/12 — 10 – 6
Sun 10/13 — 10 – 4
Mon 10/14 — 10 – 6 (Last Day)

Hope to see lots of you this weekend. Have a great week, and fun holiday.

Farm Update 10-03-19

The end of the season is rapidly approaching. Just these last two weeks to go, and probably not a bit too soon, given the forecast temp for Friday night/Saturday morning is 31F. I fully expect it to be the usual 5 – 7 degrees colder here than whatever the forecast predicts.

The effects of the earlier freeze, there’s not a whole lot left in the field to pick, but I’m doing what I can. Sadly late-planting Potatoes, much like the earlier ones, do not look like they did very well. I did find a bunch, and will continue digging as the weather permits. Please check the What’s Available page for more specific listings.

Pumpkins, both orange and white, along with decorative gourds are available.

The schedule for the final two weeks will be as follows:

Fri 10/4 — 10 – 6
Sat 10/5 — 10 – 6
Sun 10/6 — 10 – 4

Mon 10/7 – Thurs 10/10 — Closed

Fri 10/11 — 10 – 6
Sat 10/12 — 10 – 6
Sun 10/13 — 10 – 4
Mon 10/14 — 10 – 6 (Last Day)

Beyond the 14th, eggs and preserves will still be available by advance order and scheduled pick up time. I’m currently planning on having the chickens until about the middle of November.

To answer the question I get toward the end of each season – yes, I am planning on being here again next year. Next week’s will be the last regular update for the season. I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the farm.

Farm Update 09-26-19

There’s good news, and there’s bad news (and this news isn’t related to the farm, so don’t worry). The good news is, as a result of the very early freeze we had last week, the leaves are turning, and they are beautiful colors. The bad news is, at the rate they are turning and falling off the trees, peak leaf-peeping will likely be done on the mountaintop by the end of this week.

Around the farm, things are also wrapping up very quickly. The big announcement, which some heard about last weekend, is the stand will be closing two weeks ahead of the previously planned closing date. The new last day of season for this year is going to be October 14th, which is the Monday of Columbus Day weekend.

I will be keeping the chickens for a time after closing, to stockpile eggs for myself, so there will be eggs available by advance order. You can reach me by phone or text at the number listed to the right. What preserves I have left will also be available.

There are pumpkins. Not as many as I’d like to have, especially of my own, but I have Munchkin, Pie, and Carving pumpkins available. Sadly, due to the freeze, the planned U-pick pumpkin patch will not be happening this year. Let’s hope for a better time next year.

I keep adding Local Apple varieties as they become available. This week’s new Locally Grown additions are Fuji and Fortune (a tangy-tart cooking apple). And I made sure to get more Macoun apples, just to keep everyone who likes them happy. They seem to have a very large and devoted following.

Looking ahead, I see that the long range forecast is currently calling for low temps right down around freezing for next weekend. Given the difference from the forecast temps to what they actually are on the ground here, I think it may well wind up being a hard freeze. In addition, there have been lots of wild apple and acorns this year, and the old rule of thumb is when those trees produce prolific fruit it will be a much colder and longer cold winter than usual. Time to finish stocking up on firewood.

I guess that’s it for this week, though I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch of stuff I meant to mention. Hope everyone has a great week.

Farm Update 09-04-19

Labor Day is here and gone, and I can hardly believe it. As strange as this may sound, it went too quick. Ah well, such is the way of the world. Now to move onto the fall work, and then get ready to put things to bed for the winter.

Apples, more specifically Local Apples are the order of the weekend. I was able to get Honeycrisp, Gala, Macintosh, Zestar, and Initial. For those who can’t let go of summer just yet, I was able to get some Peaches, Strawberries, and Local Blueberries (pretty sure these are ending soon). I’ll also have a bunch of my own stuff, so please be sure to check the What’s Available page to see the complete list for the weekend.

The stand schedule will be changing after this weekend, and will go back to Friday – Sunday. This week the stand is still open on the summer schedule (Thursday – Monday).

Thanks to everyone for coming by and supporting the farm. I hope those of you who were here for the summer had a great time, and that everyone has a wonderful week.

Farm Update 08-28-19

Labor Day weekend is here, whether we’re ready for it or not. I suppose I am, though there is still so much to be done. Despite the very low temps we had last week, 37F according to the weather station here on the farm, there was no smell of fall in the air. I think that’s about to change soon, given the number of leaves I’ve recently spotted coming off some trees, but the it’s not here yet.

I was able to dig some of the later-planted potatoes this week, so I will have some more Adirondack Blue and also some Red Norland. Not great harvests (that is pretty much the trend this year), but I’ve got some. I should have some Sweet Corn for over the weekend. Besides that there’s not much else new that’ll be ready this week on the farm. Please check out the What’s Available page for more specific information.

The chickens are doing their thing. They have been enjoying some time in the outer fenced in yard, where they can really forage around and check things out, not to mention scratch more effectively for worms. Despite my best efforts they still do not want to lay Jumbo sized eggs. Guess I can’t blame them, given the sizes of the eggs they have laid.

I took a look in the pumpkin patch, and in spite of the poor growing season there do seem to be at least some pumpkins. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they keep growing.

There are still Gladiolus being picked each day, and I also have Dwarf Sunflowers available. The larger Sunflowers are suffering the same problem as the others, and just don’t want to grow beyond a certain point.

Some of the preserves are running low or are almost gone for the season. They are also listed on the What’s Available page for those interested. I am not planning on making any additional batches this season, as I just do not have the time.

That’s about it for this update. Thanks to all those who have come by and supported the farm. Hope everyone has a great week and a happy and fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

Farm Update 08-21-19

The summer is just flying by, and it certainly doesn’t seem to want to slow down at all. I hope everyone has been having a good and restful time. When I head to the wholesale market I can see there are lots of people on the move, not to mention that the stand is busier than ever. Thanks to all of you who’ve come by, as I truly appreciate the support of the farm and the encouragement I get.

Around the farm work continues more or less unabated. The thunderstorms put a slight damper on field work, as does the regular rain, but I have plenty of other things to do to keep me busy. The last of the planned seeds have been started this week (Lettuce and Cilantro), though I may still wind up doing more for growing in the greenhouses.

What’s in the field is generally, with the exceptions of Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Potatoes, growing pretty well. I am expecting shortages of Lettuce over the next couple of weeks (I’ve picked some up from another farm to help cover the expected shortfall), and hopefully the next plantings will come along without delay.

The chickens are still doing their thing. I’ve been sure to let them into the outer enclosed area on the hotter days. They really like sitting in the shade of the trees, and I guess I would too, if I had the time.

The Gladiolus are coming in quite well right now. If you like them, don’t wait to get them. They’ll probably only be around for a few more weeks. Little sunflowers have also started blooming, though I have no idea if the replanted larger ones will grow in time. I guess we’ll find out together.

Can’t think of anything else to include at the current time, though I’m sure I’m forgetting loads. Hope everyone has a great week.

Farm Update 08-14-19

Can you believe I actually managed to get this update done ahead of time. Well, not really ahead of time, because they come out whenever I decide to do them, but you know what I mean. Besides, it doesn’t mean I’m caught up with all of the work that was backlogged, but that’s a whole other story.

Anyway, things here are still cruising along with some of the final season plantings going in the ground this week. The weird weather during July has caused a bit of an issue with Lettuce availability, but I should be able to get some each day, and the next plantings are coming along. Broccoli is another crop where there will be a gap in availability for a stretch of time (not sure exactly how long). I’m still trying to coax both the tomatoes and sunflowers to grow. I’m not sure what’s going with them, but they are giving me quite the business.

On the happier side of things, there are a few more Gladiolus to cut per day, and I was also able to get more of those large Raspberries. There are also some of the first Local Apples, a variety called Zestar, that will be on the tables this week. And lastly, I will have some, let me stress some, of my own Sweet Corn this week. The patch that grew is quite small, and I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’ll be picking each day until it’s done.

The chickens are busy clucking away and doing their chicken things. I’ve been letting them out of the secure pen and into the surrounding electric fence enclosed area so they can spread out a bit more. It’s always fun at night, because when I go to put them back in, I get a big dish of scratch grain, tell them it’s “snack time”, they all gather up behind me, and we have a little parade back into the pen.

Guess that’s about it for this update. Hope you all have a great week.

Farm Update 08-08-19

Almost forgot to do the update this week, and was getting ready to go back out to work, so this will be a quite short update. For the most part things are still chugging along, and the usual routine being, well, the usual routine. There are some issues as well, mainly due to weather and fungal problems, but those are almost commonplace the last few years.

At the wholesale market this week I was able to find some really nice looking Local Sweet Corn, the first Local Tomatoes, some Local Blueberries, and for those who don’t mind things coming from a little further away, sweet-smelling Cantaloupe. Please be sure to check the What’s Available page for the complete list of, not only items like those, but also what I have ready.

Aside from those specific items, the chickens are doing well, the wild beasties are generally behaving themselves, the rain has not been overwhelming, the plants are growing, and I’m still standing. Hope everyone has a great week, and thanks again for supporting the farm.

Farm Update 08-01-19

Can you believe it’s August already? As the saying goes, the tide waits for no man, and in this case neither do the days passing by. The work on the farm is continuing as usual, and the backlog from the springtime is being trimmed down and should be fully eliminated by next week.

Since the rain a couple of weeks ago followed by the heat, the weeds have all turned into mini Jack and the Beanstalk monsters. Despite plastic mulch being used selectively around the field, the weeds are still taking over far more than usual. The funny part of dealing with the weeds is that they know I’ve planted something. I’ve tried experiments where I will set up a row, provide fertilizer and irrigation and virtually no weeds appear in the row for weeks and weeks. If I do the same thing, but plant a crop, the weeds grow immediately. Ah well, what are ya gonna do.

The chickens are generally doing well. They are adapting as best they can to the wild swings in temp, and egg production is holding steady at levels just off peak production. If it stays a little cooler I’d expect it to fully rebound in a couple more days.

This season has been pretty difficult for growing, and in addition, quite a few things are running late. Talking to other farmers, they are experiencing the same things, with most all crops running at least a little behind schedule. Please be sure to check out the What’s Available page to see this week’s offerings.

Hope everyone has a great week. See you at the farm stand.

Farm Update 07-25-19

What a difference a week makes. Just look at the temps this morning versus last week’s. It’s enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to have an effect on the plants. The chickens are thoroughly grateful for the major drop in temps and as I thought would happen, egg production during the week dipped quite a bit, but is starting to recover.

The work around the farm, as always, continues unabated despite the weather. I mean it’s gotta get done, right? Anyway, the changes certainly keep life interesting and add a certain extra challenge. For those curious, I have begun cutting the backlog of work from the spring, as there is no way for me to make up any of the extra time at this point. What this means is eliminating certain plantings, and scaling back on others. There’s been a lot of field maintenance type work that’s been on hold that will now be the main priority.

As I said above, the chickens are much happier with the cooler temps and egg production is coming back to normal. I let them out of the pen yesterday, since I was working right nearby, and the had a great time scratching around in the tall grass and weeds in search of bugs, worms, and other treats. Sadly I can’t let them out more often, but there are just too many predators about.

Time for me to get back out to work. Be sure to check the What’s Available page to see what goodies you can find. My thanks to all who came by the stand and helped support the farm. Hope everyone has a great week.