Farm Journal 4/23/23

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Where to find us:

The Farm: Wednesday 3 – 7 pm. For pre-orders only. Park at the top of the hill (by the wood chip pile), come to the patio at the house and you’ll see your order waiting for you. Check the white cooler for any meat orders.


For May 1, 2023 Northside: Mondays 12 – 12:15 – meet up across the street from Mayfly Market (Arch St)

For May 1, 2023 East End:  Saturdays 4:15 – 4:30 Fireman Creative Office (the Engine House No 16 on Penn Ave.): pull onto sidewalk along Lang and look for “Police Officer Entrance” door and look in the red cooler.

It’s not too late to join our CSA now! CSAs are great for supplementing your own backyard garden, as we grow a variety of greens, roots, and fruits that you may not have in your own garden plot – try new things! It’s easy to get into the grocery store rut too, where you buy the same products each time… broccoli, lettuce, cucumber, and peppers (in our case). But with a CSA, you’re going to get an ever revolving array of fresh veggies that spark creativity in your cooking, and add flavor and diversity to your plate! From PacChoy and salad turnips, to sungold tomatoes and rattlesnake beans – you’ll be eating a rainbow of colors!

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Field Notes – by Jen

This weather has been crazy! Early last week, we took the opportunity, on an overcast cool day to plant our broccoli. We tucked them in under row cover to protect of the onslaught of bugs, but also insulate the tender seedlings for the low night time temperatures. Then… it hit 85+ degrees the next day and those poor plants had a shock! They aren’t looking too great at the moment – but may bounce back. That said, broccoli is a finicky crop, and doesn’t do well under stress. The plant may pull through, with great healthy leaves and good growth, only to “button up” as the heads form. This means that instead of producing a big beautiful head of broccoli, they shoot up a tight flouret, and then crap out. You don’t really know until it happens. We started those little broccoli seedlings in our basement back in February, grew them up into little sprouts, then transplanted them into bigger seedling pots in the greenhouse. We watered and babied them for another month until we put them out into the field last week. Now I have to make the farmer decision to throw in the towel or give them a chance and see what happens.

One option would be to interplant another crop between the broccoli; something that might benefit from the shade of the broccoli leaves and help to control weeds. Lettuce heads are a good interplanting crop, as they are quick to grow, can be harvested out, and then leave room for the bigger broccoli plants to take over. This is benefical in multiple ways. If the broccoli buttons up, we would still harvest broccoli leaves, which can be eaten like Collard Greens, and then still get a viable crop of lettuce from the same patch.

That’s one of the benefits to being a small scale, multi-crop farm. We can pivot with the challenges and adjust our planting style accordingly. After all these years of farming, I’ve certainly learned that there’s nothing predictable in farming, and we have to be ready to adapt. No matter what happens, we’ll be able to grow a wide variety of veggies (and meats)!

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