Well, what was expected last week showed up with a vengeance this week. Not only did the temps drop on Wednesday (9/20) to the point where there was a solid frost, with a low temperature of 34.5F, but the follow up this morning (9/21) dropped the temp to 32F. Needless to say, this does not bode well for the crops still in the field. And I should mention that none of the forecasts for the local area showed the temps dropping anywhere near these levels, with the actual temperatures registering seven to nine degrees lower than forecast.
In the fields, given the back-to-back frost/freeze, there is little expectation of all but the hardiest plants, and crops like Potatoes surviving. I do still have some herbs in the greenhouse, so there will still be some of my own stuff, along with some Tomatoes I harvested prior to the frost. Beyond that, it will be at least another 24 hours until the full extent of the damage is known. Please check the What’s Available page for the full listing for this week.
In the coops, the Layers are laying, and the Broilers are eating everything in sight. Both Fresh and Frozen chickens are available this weekend.
I was able to get time to make more Raspberry Preserves this week. If I can get a chance in the next few days I will also be making a planned batch of Cranberry Preserves. Sadly, I will not be making Cherry Preserves this year.
Before I end the update, allow me to remind you all that the last day the farm stand will be open for the 2023 season in Monday, October 9th, which is the Monday of Columbus Day Weekend. After that date, there will likely still be items (Preserves and Frozen Chicken) and even some crops like Potatoes available for some time. After checking the What’s Available page you can text or call to place an order and we can arrange a pick up time.
So that’s going to be it for this week. Thanks to all who have come by and helped support the farm. Hope you all have a great week.