Farm Journal 8/27/23

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This Wednesday is the 13th week of our CSA (an odd week).

Farm pick up on Wednesday 11 – 7, Northside (allegheny commons) on Friday 3 – 7, and Squirrel Hill (beacon/bartlette) on Sunday 9 – 1.

Don’t forget that you can place an order and we’ll bring it to the markets for you!

Notes from the Field:

We’ve still got deer pressure that’s like I haven’t seen in 10 years. Here’s a photo of our lettuce bed that has been covered with row cover (a light weight fabric that lets in sun, air, and water):

Here’s a picture of the tail end of that row – where the row cover wouldn’t reach. Notice how all the lettuce is CHOMPED!

I also had a terrible time with beans this year – each batch that I planted was cared for and weeded, only to have the deer graze their way through, like a football team set loose in a Ponderosa.

Wander over to the winter squash patch and you’ll find that ground hogs and/or rabbits are going to town on our beautiful Green Cushaw squash. These winter squash should grow to be a couple feet long and are great for pumpkin pie. That is….until the varmints get ahold of them. Notice the squash, by the trap? It’s got bite marks in it!!

There’s a lot of squash in this patch – and I’m thinking of covering each of them with panty-hose. If you have any tights, nylons or knee-highs that are stretched out or have runs in them – bring them to CSA – we’ll try and tuck each squash into a nylon sock and see if that’s enough to deter any more nibbling from the marauders.

Well…. after that photo montage of pastoral destruction…. how can we cheer you up?

We’re going to have a Fall Farm Party!

We, like many fruit tree owners in the area, we have a bumper crop of apples (and pears) this year! We’ll get out the old cider press on September 23 starting around 4 pm.

1) Bring along any apples you’ve got… ask your neighbors down the street if they’d let you pick their apples in exchange for a couple bottles of cider! Bring apples or ripe pears.

2) Bring along jugs, bottles, or jars for transporting some cider home in.

3) Help process these fruits into cider!

4) Hang out for a bon-fire and cook dogs and s’mores afterwards!

Let’s come together and press some cider!

This is a great time to gather the community and talk about the the collective hopes and dreams for the farm and how to rock the Farm Club fantasies.

We’d appreciate an RSVP for this event. Thanks!

Looking for a little more organized and formal activity on the farm? Join us on Saturday, September 16th, we are the pop-up site for Spretzzatura’s (from Millvale) Autumn Harvest Feast.  Click here to purchase tickets.

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