Farm Update 08-30-18

Hi everyone. Can you all believe we’re headed into Labor Day weekend? The time has absolutely flown by this summer. Of course, my days have all been blurred together for some time now, and I have to rely on my trusty watch to tell me the day of the week. There is also a downside to the rapidly approaching month of September, as along with it comes the F-word. Instances will be here sooner than we all want them to be, according to the Farmers Almanac. Ah well, nothing like being almost completely at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Please remember, the farm stand schedule will be changing following Labor Day. The early Fall schedule this year will be:

Early Fall Schedule
Thurs – Sat: 10 – 6
Sun: 10 – 4
Mon – Wed: Closed*

* (I am trying to figure out the best way to do some self-serve items on these days. More info in the next update.)

The new poly tunnels will have to wait another week or so, as there have been too many other priority projects that needed attention. And for the curious, general planning has already begun for next year.

I’m not going to be speculating on Winter crops, so we’ll just have to see what comes of it all. After all the bad weather earlier in the season, I am NOT of the opinion that it will be a(nother) good year for things like Pumpkins and Winter Squash.

For the flower lovers, the Gladiolus are in full bloom now. There are loads of colors available as either single stem or bunches. The Sunflowers are still available, but they will probably only be around for another week or so.

I’ll be selectively picking Peaches for this weekend, though they are still firm as of now. There will not be many each day, so plan accordingly. I’m not sure what’s taking them so long to ripen.

The chickens are clucking away. They don’t like this mini heat wave we’re having, but they stay in the shade, roll in the dirt, and are generally making the most of it.

There was another minor jailbreak the other day. Thankfully, I’ve been close by the couple of times this has now happened, and I was able to see how they accomplished their escape. One chicken had apparently learned to lean on and push against a specific spot on the fence that would open just enough for her to slip out. The other chickens would just mimic her actions and join in the adventure. The problem has been corrected.

Please see the upcoming schedule changes mentioned above.

Keep an eye out for Strawberry-Rhubarb Preserves for Labor Day weekend.

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