Farm Update 09-14-23

Hope everyone has been enjoying the warmer conditions we’ve been having since Labor Day, as the long-range forecast is showing the approaching decline in temps. Luckily, we’ve managed to avoid the mild, patchy frost event that happens all too often this time of year. Make no mistake though, fall is here, and the trees are turning at a pretty good pace. Work has also now changed over to the usual fall activities, as has a fair selection of goodies at the farm stand.

In the field the plants are already slowing down as they normally do with the cooler weather. String Beans will be ending soon, and the Zucchini have officially bitten the dust. Cucumbers are valiantly trying to make a comeback, but honestly, at this point, I’m not sure they’ll be producing much more. Due to other commitments, I have not been able to get into the Winter Squash area yet, but hope to find Acorn, Butternut, and Spaghetti Squash. I’m not going to list them on the What’s Available page until I actually have them in hand.

Flowers are slowly coming to an end. While they still look impressive from a distance, up close is a different story. There should still be just a few Gladiola this week, and then potentially a few more per week for a bit longer. Field Flower bunches will still be available, and, weather permitting, should be available right through the end of the season.

In the coops, things are also going pretty well. The Laying Hens continue churning out eggs at a steady pace, though still with very few Jumbo. There are, however, a good amount of XL size eggs. The Broilers are now big enough that I will be processing some this week, and will therefore have Fresh Chicken available for this weekend, and then right through until I close for the season on October 9th.

Lastly, I was able to get some more Strawberry-Rhubarb Preserves made. This may be the last of it I can make for the season as I am having trouble sourcing Rhubarb. There are still plans to make more Raspberry, and if I can somehow squeeze it in, a batch of Cranberry as well.

That’s going to be it for now. Hope you all have a great week. Thanks to everyone who has been able to come by and help support, and keep the farm going.