This week on the Farm
This was a momentous week on the farm: WE STARTED HARVESTING OUR FALL STORAGE CROPS! Nope, I’m not yelling at you, but shouting with excitement. Imagine all the balloons being released. The fireworks going off. Or a room full of 10 year olds with those pull at the bottom poppers that spread confetti all over the floor!
We refer to August as “Abundant August” and last week it more than lived up to that name. This time of year you get to do it all around here: weed, harvest for market and wholesale, seed, transplant winter crops, remove summer crops, and then **added bonus** harvest storage crops. While some farmers are starting to level out and almost get a breath in, we kick it into the next gear and spend some serious time being efficient and digging deep. And it started this week.
On Tuesday we moved the garlic we had harvested a few weeks ago out of the barn where it was curing and drying out, and into its winter home. This meant doing some trimming of stalks, removing debris and loose paper, and tucking them into their crates for storage.
On Thursday, we got to a “strong halfway” point (Sarahlee’s words) in our winter storage onion harvest. One afternoon with a spare moment and a reserve of energy found somewhere and the farmers busted a move. They selected the onions that were ready (leaving the ones that weren’t quite for harvesting fresh later), pulled the onions up, trimmed the green to about 6-8″ off the bulb, trimmed the roots at the bottom and then put them in a crate. This round is now under the breeze way by our veggie washing station drying out and curing for storage. We will do this one, maybe two more times and then all our red, yellow, and white onions, and shallots will be in the shade with lots of airflow drying out going through their final steps before they join the garlic in winter storage.
It was nice to get this task started because it is just the beginning. Next up is potatoes, and then beets, parsnips, carrots, daikon radish, celeriac, winter squash, leeks, cabbage…. The list goes on.