Farm Update 07-27-23

It’s a bit hard to believe that we are almost halfway through summer already. I mean, I certainly feel it, but time really seems to be flying by. And speaking of time moving quickly, there are trees here that normally start dropping leaves in mid-August that have already begun to do so. I’m not sure what that may foretell this year, but the way things are going, I’m not taking it as a good sign. Let’s move on to what’s going on around the farm.

In the fields, and in spite of the sudden, major rain on Tuesday, most plants are doing pretty well. I have lost a considerable amount of the Sweet Corn from the second planting, and am still losing both Cucumber and Zucchini plants to an as yet unidentified pathogen. Not to worry though, as there are still more than enough plants. As a matter of fact, if you are a pickle maker, and are interested in getting larger quantities in the next week or two, please get in touch as I can currently offer a discount for bulk purchases. Beyond that, there will be a good supply of Snap Peas and String Beans, and I may finally be able to harvest the field planted Basil, though that is still a bit of a question mark.

The flower lovers will be rejoicing with news that the Gladiolus have started to bloom. There will probably not be a huge number for this weekend, but as we all know from the past, once they start, there are usually lots blooming in short order. I will also be trying to get regular flower bunches picked again, as there appear to be enough other types ready that I can make nice bunches.

In the coops, the Laying Hens are clucking away and doing their usual chickening. The eggs are now mostly Large size, and I am still working on tweaking the feed to get more XL and Jumbo, which I know are in great demand. The Broiler Chickens are also doing their thing and are making their best attempt to eat me out of house and home. It truly is astounding how much a small critter can eat in a day. This week, there will be both Fresh Whole and Half Chickens, and Frozen Whole Chickens. As I’ve been telling people who asked, as of now I am only planning on getting one more batch of Broiler Chickens this year (they will be arriving on August 8th), and they should be ready around the third, or perhaps the last week of September. If you normally get chickens for over the winter, please keep this in mind.

That’s it for this week. Thank you to everyone who has come by to help support and keep the farm going. And saying that leads me to one last thing, of which I have been forgetful the past couple of weeks, and that is a big Thank You to JR for a very generous donation made to the farm, which will support of ongoing operations. So, with all that said, I hope you all have a wonderful week.