News from the Farm
It’s a beautiful day today on the farm and we are celebrating by getting our fruit block into the 25-acre. While it might sound like we are planting berries and an orchard, when we talk about fruit on this vegetable farm, we mean those plants whose “fruit” we eat, like tomatoes and peppers. In this case, we are talking about our dried bean, corn, and winter squash block. These fruiting crops won’t be harvestable until August and later, but it sure feels good to spend some time today tucking them into the ground.
We have two kinds of crops in this fruiting block, storage crops and fresh eating crops. Our winter squash, dried beans, and the corn we grow to mill are all seeded today, and will be harvested this fall to nourish our Winter CSA and Full Diet CSA over those cold, dark winter months. But some of the corn we are planting today is also fresh eating corn that you will hopefully see (it all depends on how much the birds leave us) in the later summer months.
Talking about the 25-acre and storage vegetables is really a great reminder of how farming here works. These late spring/early summer weeks set the stage for our entire year as we plant both summer crops and winter storage crops. After today, we will have planted almost all our storage crops for this winter. Yes, already. All the food that will feed us November-now next year). And we have planted the first succession of crops in the 25-acre that will feed us after they get a bit more mature :). It will be a few weeks yet before you start to get things out of the 25-acre, but in about a month, the tide will change, and the 25 will begin supplying the majority of our vegetables. We are very pleased with how the 25 looks right now!
This week you will be enjoying produce from our hoop houses and the 2-acre. These hoop houses provide the early season protection needed to start things like summer squash and peas, and the 2-acre provides a fenced in area so that the dear don’t get at all our earliest crops as they make their way through our farm during the change of season.