Farm Update 09-06-18

It’s before just daybreak, and another day on the farm is starting. The swings in weather this year have been a little on the wild side, and caused a good bit of mayhem with the crops and animals. Makes me wonder if the Farmers Almanac will be right about this coming winter. Guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.

Work is progressing slowly on the new poly tunnels I’m trying to get built. Between changing up growing methods like this, plus the extra work with seeding and potting the additional crops, not to mention still playing catch up after all the rains from late July (yes, there is still residual work resulting from dealing with all that water) I may shorten the farm stand schedule sooner than Columbus Day weekend. I’ll make a decision on that in the next day or so and post an update if there will be a change.

I’m also trying to secure temporary use of one of the cottages, so I can move the stand into an actual building once we get past pumpkin season. More on that in future updates.

Some things are ending, or will be shortly, and other crops are just about ready. Looks like there will be a few Snap Peas for this weekend. They should produce much better next week though, so don’t expect piles of them this week. Other lettuce, besides Green Leaf, should be making an appearance again shortly as well. Winter squash are still going to be a couple of weeks yet, and the news from the Pumpkin patch is not so good. As much as I don’t want to, I may have to bring in Pumpkins again this year.

While sunflowers are now already done, the Gladiolus are blooming beautifully. I’m not sure how long they’ll last, and I’ll do my best to keep them going as long as I can, but if you like them, get them while you can. Dried flower bunches will be at least a couple of weeks from now.

The ladies are generally doing well. I added some outside lights to their pen, so when I let them out in the morning, they can actually see where they are going.

A few are also still dealing with foot issues that developed as a result of the rains. I’m treating them as I find the problems and most all have made fast recoveries.

Jam lovers please make note that Strawberry-Rhubarb will be available again soon. It is without doubt the fastest selling preserve I make, with the last batch selling out in 2 1/2 days. I am not sure how many batches of jam I will be making as we go into the Fall, so get them when they’re here.

The schedule has changed from the peak summer one to post Labor Day, with current hours being:

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

Keep an eye out for further schedule changes and crop availability.

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