Farm Update 07-19-18

Another week for a quick update. In general, things are going quite well, with the weather being far more cooperative this year than last.

Work continues, as usual. The backlog I had thought I had finished is still hanging on, with at least a few extra days of work to squeeze in at some point.

Aside from that, there’s not a whole lot to report. The coyotes have been generally staying to the other side of their range, so I haven’t had to deal with them yet, and the bear have also been fairly well behaved so far. The crops are growing; there’s been rain. Could I complain about something – sure, but why bother. It takes too much time and energy.

As you can see from the What’s Available page, many crops are now coming into harvest. There are a few that are not behaving, as usual, but overall they are all doing well.

The Tomatoes are one crop that I would like to mention. People ask me quite often how the weather has been for the crops, and I tell them it has been nearly perfect. Well, this is a double-edged sword, in that some crops, like tomatoes, don’t or very slowly ripen when the weather is so good. Some types of happy plants don’t make ripe fruit as you might think they would. So, I have taken steps over the past week to force the tomatoes to ripen, but unfortunately they are still not ready yet.

The Gladiolus and Sunflowers are coming along. Will probably be another couple of weeks (toward early August) before there are any flowers from either.

In general the ladies are happy and doing their thing. They still make mischief when they can, like the day I was working in the coop and they knocked the screen out of the doorway and spilled out, waterfall-style into the yard, but that’s a whole other story.

The broody chicken is still broody, and the little chickens are still being looked after.

I’ve had people ask about when I might be making more of the jams that have sold out. I don’t have a specific date just yet, but the first one on the list is Strawberry-Rhubarb. It’ll likely be another week or so before I can get enough time set aside to make a batch.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you all at the farm soon. Have a great week.