September 5, 2013 Farm Newsletter 20-10

Hello;   The last week of August, done and gone and sometimes to be remembered.  Probably there will be another eight weeks of the CSA pickups at the farm.  We do have a lot of vegetables still and even  a few things that have not even been seen yet this season.

Lauren checking out the sunflowers in the vegetable garden.

Lauren checking out the sunflowers in the vegetable garden.

The weather is what will determine how a lot of our vegetables will finally be like.  Ideally now we would like to have heat (daytime highs 25 to 28 and nighttime temperatures no less than 20) and we need regular and sufficient rains and importantly too, now that the days are shorter, we need lots of sun.  So, again ideally, it has to rain after dark, at least once a week and about 20 cm. total in the week and have warm, sunny, cloudless days.  Oh well, we can dream , can we not!

Happenings;  A little variation in our not so routine routine.  On Friday we went down to the neighbours and picked up a half load or maybe even less of loose hay which was scrounged from around the field edge.

The wheelbarrow repair facility.  Three new handles are being made.

The wheelbarrow repair facility. Three new handles are being made.

That then is probably the end of haying for this season.  If we are very careful in feeding out the hay from now until mid May then we should have enough.  We may even have a bale left over and that would be really nice.  We have already, because of the dry weather, had to feed almost an entire bale so a dry fall is going to deplete our supply.  We all went to the Paris fair on Monday, our annual outing to the event and as usual, with grandchildren about, we had a real good time.

Weather;  I have alluded to the weather a couple of times already, it is such an important consideration to us that we are constantly watching it and checking on forecasts.  We did have a small amount of rain, about 4 or 5 mm over the week but this, though welcome is hardly enough and some days were hot which means things dry out that much more and more quickly.  The current cool down is forecast to last for several days at least and no rain is predicted.  Neither cool nor dry is particularly good especially at this time of the year.  We need something like 20 to 30 mm of rain to get everything, including pastures, to grow good.  Heat would also greatly help.

From the left, peppers, tomatoes, more peppers, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes.

From the left, peppers, tomatoes, more peppers, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes.

CSA;  This week will be similar to last.  We have lost most of our Broccoli due to it coming ready at the wrong time.  The plants will recover if the weather improves but they will take a couple of weeks to be back to a heavier production. We should still have some. Watch for the little green, velvety cabbage worms on the Broccoli, we will try to remove them but

From the left; cabbage and broccoli rows, then the cilantro/coriander in flower, and to the right of the walking row a single row of broccoli.

From the left; cabbage and broccoli rows, then the cilantro/coriander in flower, and to the right of the walking row a single row of broccoli.

will likely miss a lot too. More Lettuces and some Tomatoes Most of our Tomato are old heirloom varieties and in spite of the often less than perfect appearance, have real good and differing flavour. Hopefully they will produce faster but they were already late this year and they have continued to be slow.  We should have a few Sweet Pepper and even fewer Eggplant, maybe the

From the left; cabbage and broccoli rows, then the cilantro/coriander in flower, and to the right of the walking row a single row of broccoli.

From the left; cabbage and broccoli rows, then the cilantro/coriander in flower, and to the right of the walking row a single row of broccoli.

eggplant to large shares only ?  More Basil to go with the tomato.  Maybe we can find another herb or two. There will be a good amount of Kale, it is growing real well but as with everything else rain would help.  Potatoes,  Onions, Zuchinni, other Summer Squash, Cucumber,  and there will likely be a few other things as well.  Last week we had more than 15 separate items.

Atypical borage plant in flower.

Atypical borage plant in flower.

A bumble bee or maybe it is a carpenter bee working on the borage flowers.  there are many bees of all sorts working these and the coriander flowers.

A bumble bee or maybe it is a carpenter bee working on the borage flowers. there are many bees of all sorts working these and the coriander flowers.

 

Other;   We still have free ranged eggs at $4.00 per dozen.  Medium to large brown eggs.  We are open for vegetable sales at the farm on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  We will try to keep the table well stocked but don’t put too much out as we like to keep things fresh.

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