CSA Member enjoying a Strawberry with Mustard Cover Crop in the Background – photo credit Bonnie Weitzel
The Season is moving along! Strawberries are well over and the summer squash is rolling in. Our hoop house cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen and hopefully the full size ones won’t be too far behind.
Caitlin Cultimulching with Sonny and Queen
On the horse front, some of our most reliable horses for apprentices to drive have developed sore necks from too much time working. Well-trained Suffolk Punch horses are hard to come by …so we have welcomed two older reliable horses into the herd. Queen is a Belgian mare who blends in well. Ned makes me do a double take because he is a white Percheron gelding. Ned is a sweet natured horse and has become a star already because of his previous experience on a vegetable farm cultivating, spraying and standing. (Some of our other horses take great exception to the smell of fish emulsion when it is being sprayed and caused a run away, which thankfully ended without disaster). Ned has a taste for all sorts of vegetables and enjoys nibbling on whatever is within reach. The added horsepower has given our other horses some needed rest.
Our young stallion, Eli, is a stallion no longer. We hope that some of our mares are in foal for next season, but decided that we didn’t want to cary on breeding after this year. The hope is that Eli will make a fine working gelding. Ken hopes to spend more time training him this season.
Haying has been a challenge again this year with rain coming just in time to spoil our hay, we have our last field of 1st cut hay down now and are hoping to get it into the barn later this week.
Apprentice Team in the Cabbage Patch with Caesar
The apprentice team has been working hard getting the gardens into tiptop shape. We have the tomatoes trellised, beds weeded and a beautiful crop of cabbages. Our last planting of fall broccoli and cabbage were seeded in the greenhouse on Monday. The fall carrots, beets spinach and rutabaga have been direct seeded in the garden. The lettuce this season has been particularly good. Many of our CSA members have commented how much they are enjoying it. We wonder if it is the biological sprays we added to the soil or the cover crops , compost and soil amendments. Likely it is a combination, but it is gratifying to know that all Ken’s care and study of soil fertility is paying off.
CSA Children in the Pick-up Room on a Rainy Day
We have appreciated all the help from our working shares with harvest. The children are also a wonderful addition to our pick-up days as they enjoy our bushel basket of farm toys and of course picking flowers.
Some of our Beautiful Head Lettuce
Charlotte Trellising Tomatoes
Caitlin and Jayme Trellising Tomatoes
Martha and Caesar
Jayme and Brandon with the Cabbage
Seeding the Fall Brassicas in the Greenhouse
Jayme Planting Head Lettuce Transplants
Ken Catching up on Paper Work
Jayme Discing and Charlotte Weeding