Farm Update 07-20-23

It’s amazing just how quickly the summer seems to be rolling by this year. I do hope all of you are getting to enjoy it, and given the weather the last couple of days, are taking in some nice sunshine.

With the change in weather, and break from the rains, the fields have begun to dry a bit. I say a bit, because, due to the total amounts of rain we’ve had, the ground is still more or less saturated. To date there have been some losses from the weather, mainly one of the Sweet Corn plantings, but also Cucumber, String Beans, and Zucchini.

Cucumber harvesting is now picking up, and if you make pickles there will be a good supply of Pickling Cucumber, at least this week. There will also be Japanese and Persian Cucumber available. I picked a bunch of String Beans and Snap Peas, and the plants seem to be doing well, so keep an eye out for them.

From the wholesale market I was able to get some Local Plums this week. I also went ahead and got some more Avocados, even though the price is quite high right now. From what I’m hearing and seeing, Avocado prices will probably just keep going up from here on out this year. I was also able to find some more Bing Sweet Cherries this week, and got my hands on Local Tomatoes. A greater amount of Pennsylvania Peaches was acquired for this week, so we’ll see how that goes. My current understanding is that he orchard has a decent, though a little less than average crop this year. While the amounts going forward may be less, as of right now and barring a major disaster, the peaches should be around for the full season.

In the coops, the Laying Hens are doing a wonderful job. Strangely, they’ve been very well behaved and are up to virtually no mischief. It’s weirding me out a bit, as they usually up to something, so I suspect a major event in the near future. The Broiler Chickens have come up to size and the processing has begun. There should be 28 birds available fresh for this week. The ones already processed are between 4 and 5.25lbs, and the next round look to be about the same, so there will only be Whole Chickens available this week. Also, as of right now, I plan to process chickens for the next two weeks, so they will be available fresh during that time. For those looking further into the future, the next round of Broilers should be arriving as day-olds on August 8th, and should be ready sometime mid to late September. As of now, I am not planning a third round, so for those of you who get birds for over the winter, please start thinking about how many you might like to get.

I think that’s it for this week, though it feels like I’m forgetting something. Anyway, I’d like to thank all of you who have been able to come by and help keep the farm going, and I hope you all have a great week.