Farm Update 07-27-17

The farm is in full swing at this point, though that doesn’t mean all the work is done. There are still plants to plant, grounds to maintain, fertilizer to spread, bugs to kill, and any of a thousand other tasks. Still, things keep rolling along.

This week I made my last plant pick up for the season from Kerns Nursery. They have been fantastic to deal with, and I would like to thank Pat, Bob, Kate, and the rest of the gang for keeping me fully supplied with plants for the farm. There’s no way I would have been able to grow more than a fraction of what I am without their hard work.

This week there is a bit more coming ready, so please check the What’s Available page for current information.

The newly dug Red Potatoes were quite a hit last week. There were also quite a few inquiries about Tomatoes. There will be some available this week, but the amounts will be quite small to start. I suspect next week will see significantly more coming ripe. Unfortunately, most crops still seem to be running about 2 – 3 weeks behind schedule due to the funky weather earlier this Spring and the excessive rain we’ve had since.

In addition to the ripening Tomatoes, there should be some Carrots and Eggplant, greater numbers of Cucumbers and Snap Peas, and also some Sunflowers this week. I may also harvest some Red Romaine Lettuce while it’s still in the mini stage for this weekend.

And speaking of Tomatoes, I have run into a bit of an issue, read fungal outbreak, with at least some of the Cherry , Yellow Pear, Roma, and San Marzano Tomatoes. I am waiting to hear back from NY State Ag & Markets plant inspectors, who visited the farm on Tuesday, before taking any additional action beyond treatment. If they confirm the problem that I think it is, I will have to pull and burn the plants. Until then though, I am aggressively treating them in hopes of containing and/or remedying the problem.

In other news, the Lexington Farm Market is on again this weekend. If you’re anywhere nearby, I hope you’ll swing by and check out it out.

A big “thank you” to all who have come by and supported the farm. And thanks to all who are spreading the word about the farm being here. There are quite few new people each week who tell me that they were told by friends to come by and check it out. All of your support is greatly appreciated.

And now it’s time to get back to the real work. Have a great week.