September 28, 2015 Farm News

The garden view on misty Monday morning

The garden view on misty Monday morning

What a wonderful week this has been.  The weather was consistently very nice with day time temperatures high enough to keep things growing very nicely and at night not so low as to cause damage.  The previous week’s low overnight temperatures had severely damaged the melon and the cucumber plants which had already been ravaged by the earlier drought.  There was none of that this week.

A view of the garden taken on the 24th.

A view of the garden taken on the 24th.

There are still a lot of veggies growing in the garden and so long as the weather does not get winter like then we should have plenty until well into October.  We do need continued good growing weather for a few things that still need time to more fully ripen or develop.

Some of the veggies ready for the CSA pickup on the 24th.

Some of the veggies ready for the CSA pickup on the 24th.

We also need to spend a fair amount of time, an increasing amount of time, preparing for the coming winter.  We have to plant our garlic, probably six 300 foot rows, maybe more, and we need to do an experimental fall planting of potatoes.  The potatoes are to be heavily mulched to help them get through the winter,  Normally spuds are planted early spring so as to have the plants emerge after the possibility of frost has become quite low.

The leading candidate for our farm mascot. Needs a name.

The leading candidate for our farm mascot. Needs a name.

Most of this week’s focus, after the preparation on Tuesday and Thursday for the CSA pickup, was getting ready for the Harvest Potluck and Jamboree for all the members of our Devon Acres CSA group. We had intended to build a small structure to provide a roof for the event and also to later be used as a shelter for CSA pickup and as a store. We ran out of time to do that project but did manage to make four tables each 10 feet long.  In making these tables, not a quick or simple task, we had a lot of help and very helpful advice from Mary and Anca, each of whom  put in more than a half day’s effort.  A wee bit of assistance from William and Devon too.  Our harvest tables look and are quite impressive. Mary, Anca, Aliki and Gary did a lot to tidy up around, to sand off the roughness from the table tops and chairs, move piles of firewood, arrange the tables and chairs, and make the area look reasonably tidy.  We would also like to thank everyone who came, who brought all the delicious dishes of carefully, thoughtfully prepared food, much of which originated from the farm, a wonderful presentation it all made.  It was great to have everyone’s company and conversation.  We were also fortunate in that Bree and Paul not only brought along Riley for the pleasure of our resident dog walkers, but they also brought along for anyone to purchase, some of the summer and fall honey from their two hives.  Those of you who were not here can still get some of Breeze Beez Chestnut Farms honey. Let us know so Bree can bring some, three different sized glass jars at perfectly reasonable prices too.

The four new harvest tables along with chairs not yet properly set up prior to everyone arriving for the potluck.

The four new harvest tables along with chairs not yet properly set up prior to everyone arriving for the potluck.

Some of us at the tables enjoying the feast.

Some of us at the tables enjoying the feast.

There were about 54 persons here for the Potluck, including the 13 of our family.  If we got the sums right there were 39 adults and 15 children from about 3 months to over 12 years old and that total of 54 includes the 13 of us here, Marie, Trisha, Heather, Maggie, Mike, Kevin, Aerron and Robin along with the seven children, Emma, Briar, Olivia, Gabriel, Lauren, William and Devon.  A very good turnout indeed.  We missed all of you who where unable to attend, hopefully you can make it out to the next event here and we will do another.  We would like to say soon but it may not be until the late spring of 2016 before that happens.  Things do happen in the winter though, so maybe.  All went well though the farm tour was taking so long that we did not get through half the walk before heading to the food.  The jamboree portion, the music, did not happen until after dark with singing, along with a bit of percussion accompaniment, around a fire as it got darker. A highlight of the evening came as the nearly full moon rose with only wispy, thin clouds in the sky.  Rick very generously had brought along his two telescopes, very impressive affairs the both of them, and trained them on the moon for everyone to view and then with a bit of clearing in the lower southwest was able to realign the one telescope on the planet Saturn, the one with the magnificent rings, all of which were visible through the telescope. Thank you very much Rick for bringing along those wonderful instruments and for your knowledgeable comment on the cosmos and your telescopes. We were all much impressed with the views that we had of the moon and of Saturn.

On a tour of the garden with Aerron explaining the fine points of blight in the tomatoes as well as many other things.

On a tour of the garden with Aerron explaining the fine points of blight in the tomatoes as well as many other things.

Leucan with his Aunt and his mother to his right, all of them wondering why this great crowd of potluckers had not brought apples for them.

Leucan with his Aunt and his mother to his right, all of them wondering why this great crowd of potluckers had not brought apples for them.

A very good time had by all !!  Look at our Facebook page too. we’ll try to get more photos put up there.

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