News from the Farm: the tsunami is coming
A tsunami?!? Aren’t we well enough away from the coast? Yes, if the tsunami we were talking about was made of water. But, instead we are referring to the vegetable tsunami that comes in mid-to-late July. And just like people describe the coast zone in those moments before the wave comes rushing back, things quieted down for but a moment here on the farm.That meant that last week we got some serious weeding done in the 25-acre, transplanted the last of our starts, and had a moment for a farm tour for the whole farm: farmers, Event, Kitchen, and Store staff.
Getting the weeds this time of year usually means truck weeding. The weeds are so far along, that they are about to explode their seeds so we pull them and put them onto the back of the farm truck and when the time runs out, or the pile is so tall it is about to topple over, we drive the weeds to the pigs and it is a feast. It’s great to get the weeds before they are this size, but that usually isn’t possible, so you just make sure to get the weeds before they explode seeds everywhere and really screw up your next season.
This past week was a major moment on the farm. For the first time since mid-January we didn’t have any plants making their way through the germination chamber, 4-season greenhouse, half-way house, and into the ground. For just about 48 hours everything was tucked into the ground. And then, on Saturday, we fired up the germination chamber again and started our late summer 2-acre successions. The beat goes on.
It is always a treat when the whole farm can meet up to take a wander, or as Sarahlee says, a putz through the farm. We started in the 2-acre, cruised down the hoops, walked up the 25-acre, and then returned to the kitchen, stopping and tasting, observing, chatting, and learning about weeds, bugs, flavors, timing, successions, and goals. These tours give the context for the CSA, the ingredients and story behind the meals created in our Farm to Table Kitchen, and they underline a lot of the whys and hows that the Apprentice farmers are learning about during their farming season.
So, how do we really know that the tsunami is approaching? The fact that we will be seeing our first beans, broccoli, and tomatoes this week, that the eggplants are just about ready to harvest, and that cucumbers started slowly two weeks ago, tomatillos are trickling in, and the peppers, melons, and corn are coming along just fine.
What does the tsunami mean for you? Variety will be increasing over the next couple three weeks. Those hot weather crops are going to start appearing on the stands. The choices for what to grab just might become more difficult. We hope you are as excited about this as we are!
What does the arrival of the tsunami mean for us? Harvest moves from a three days a week to a four days a week task and all those efficiencies we have been learning and practicing so far this summer really comes into play. We roll into harvesting in the morning and tending in the afternoons. Weeding happens when one is harvesting kale and then in epic pushes one section at a time on an as needed basis. This time of year requires a farmer to really maximize the tasks that can be squished into a day: harvest, weed, irrigate, clean, count, stretch, eat, drink, rest. And then try to remember to pause and take note of monumental moments (like all the plants being in the ground for 48-hours) to celebrate in the accomplishment.