Farm Update 08-31-17

So, all the talk is about the F-word. Yup, that’s right, FROST. The current forecast is calling for frost conditions overnight Thursday to Friday, and then again Friday to Saturday. While this is obviously not unexpected, and given the way things have gone this year was actually expected to happen sooner rather than later, it will cause an immediate limiting of goods going forward. Of course, it will depend on how hard a frost it is and whether the mitigation methods I have can keep certain things alive through it.

Aside from the upcoming issue, the weather this past week has been near perfect for the crops. Generally it’s been clear and dry, with the soggy areas of the field finally drying out (something that hasn’t happened since the start of the summer). I even had to run the irrigation system to actually water the plants, instead of just using it to deliver fertilizer.

As far as crops go, I am shifting focus to those that should make it a ways into the fall. As I’ve previously reported to you all, the Winter Squash and Pumpkins did not fare well through the summer, so at this point I am not sure what kind of volume that there will be for sale over the next couple of months. I will, however, do what I can to have as much of a selection as possible.

Given the problems, especially with the Pumpkins, I would like to ask for some feedback. Would anyone have a problem with me bringing in Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkins. Since they are for decoration and not eating there would be no need to worry about the specifics of how they grown. I really would like to hear feedback on this, for or against, either at the farm stand, or by email at within a couple of weeks, so that if it’s okay, I can make arrangements to get some in time for fall.

Additionally, given the early frost, I will be doing the sales on Cooking Tomatoes over this week. So if you are thinking of making sauce or just canning them, this will be the time to come by and get Tomatoes.

I suppose that’s about it for now. I hope to see you at the farm stand over the weekend. And I would like to say thanks to all those who have come by and supported the farm over the summer. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated.