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June 10, 2018
At Least Last Week Was Beautiful
Notes From The Field
By Derek McGeehan
Dry soil and hilled potatoes.
The fourth week of the Main Season CSA is here. We're right in the middle of the strawberry and pea harvest, one of the best times of the eating year. Strawberries had perfect growing conditions last week and their taste today (before the rain) was simply incredible. With good weather the berries should last another couple of weeks. Peas should continue for another 2-4 weeks. We're harvesting the first planting, snow peas, with two more plantings of snap peas each spaced two weeks apart to hopefully spread out the harvest as much as possible. As peas taper off snap beans will come in so there'll be a smooth legume transition. Following strawberries will be: raspberries, blackberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe.
The fortunately gorgeous weather last week was perfect for crops and farmers. Crops grew quickly under seven days of sun. Tomato plants added a literal inch of growth daily. Farmers spent more than the average amount of weekly work hours getting caught up on tasks as well as proceeding with the typical weekly and seasonal jobs. We progressed through the first round of tomato trellising, pruning all plants to one or two leading vines, clipping each one either to a wire supported by 7' t-posts or twine suspended from wires. Two thousand out of three thousand sweet potato slips were planted (one thousand were lost by UPS but will be planted this coming week). Ten-thousand feet of potatoes were hilled twice which will provide more room for the potatoes to grow. Many crops were transplanted including lettuce, dill, cilantro, watermelon, sunflowers, yellow wax beans, and scallions. The entire onion patch was weeded with help from multiple workshifts. We're already thinking about fall even though summer isn't here: we seeded cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Next week we seed broccoli and cauliflower.
Thank you mama nature for giving us a good week for good work.
One of the largest strawberries I've ever seen had to be devoured immediately.
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