This week was my Saturday off so I got to head home Friday night. Next week I'm at Market so if you live in Atlanta you should come check us out at the Peachtree Road Farmer's Market on Saturday.
This week we harvested Asparagus and Strawberries (but not very much of either), Red and Green Romain Lettuce, the last of the Kale from one field and some of the newer planting from another, Garlic Scapes and Garlic Flowers, Rainbow Chard, Sugar Snap Peas, English Peas, Zucchini, Zucchini Flowers, Pink Beauty Radishes, Spring Onions, Choi Sum, and the last of the Cabbage.
Because the Strawberries are slowing so significantly we have stopped pulling off the suckers. It's time to start saying goodbye to fresh Strawberries and letting them grow their new plants for next season.
|Rainbow Chard is so Pretty|
|Squash, Zucchini and Sunflowers in Hoop House 4|
|Onion with a broken neck|
|Barely Green Onion|
Production and Distribution
|CSA Boxes ready to be filled|
CSA Week 2 was this week. We had to supplement with a purchase of radishes from our neighbors at Crystal Organic Farm. They have been around for 20 years and have got it going on. I got to drive over the pick up the radishes and see a little bit of their operation. I couldn't linger though because we had all these boxes to fill when I got back:
In the Box this week:
-Red and Green Romaine
-Radishes (From Crystal Organic Farm)
-Kale or Chard
We sat with the boxes at our biggest pickup locations again this week to meet the half share folks who got their first box this week (half shares only pick up every other week). Starting next week one of us will make all of the deliveries into Atlanta just dropping them off and heading to the next one. One person to move 80 boxes of produce in only a few hours. That should be interesting.
|Cory and Daniel work out the kinks on the Pea Sheller|
It was not my week for Market but I heard back that the English Peas were a big hit due to this awesome pea sheller. It's attached to a vintage exercise bike. When you ride the bike it drives the motor that pushes the peas through the sheller. Yummy English Peas fall into the bucket and the inedible shells fall to the ground. Pretty sweet.
We spent two days this week trellising tomatoes. This is no easy task when you have hundreds of tomato plants. It starts with T-Posts. Remember, the metal posts that get pounded into the ground with a heavy weight on the end of a tube. Here is Suzy (The Isuzu) loaded up with T-posts. By the way, I put all of those in there. That was a work out in itself.
|I loaded up these T-Posts|
You make think that sounds easy, just tying string between posts, but what I haven't mentioned is that they have to be taught, super tight. So, each post that you get to you have to pull with all your might and find a way to use your body weight to leverage while working 4" off the ground. This is no easy task and left us sweaty, sun drenched and blistered. When we were done though the field looked completely different. All of the droopy tomato plants were standing up straight and proud.
|Shade Cloth on the Big Green House|
The heat and sunshine have made irrigation and shade a priority around here. We water the greenhouses several times a day and this week we added shade cloth to them both. Here is the big greenhouse with it's shade cloth which helps reflect some sun and keep it a little bit cooler in there.
|Tractor with Discs|
Here is Cory driving the tractor with the disks to prepare a patch of Pasture Field next to the peas.
Check out our Newborn Potato Field! All of these potatoes were planted by Kathy and Daniel before I arrived. The last time I was out here it looked like an empty field because nothing had sprouted yet. Now it's endless green rows. We visited it on Friday and will visit every few days scouting for the dreaded Colorado Potato Beetle. This little bug is curtains for potato crops. It feeds on the leaves and can multiply quickly and do massive damage. We already have them in another field where the potatoes were last year and it's only a matter of time before they find this buffet. The plan is to check for them frequently and when they arrive to monitor them until they reach a "critical mass". At that point we will spray them with an organic pesticide a few times which should wipe them out. Here's what we are looking for:
|Colorado Potato Beetle Adult and Larvae|
|Colorado Potato Beetle Eggs under Leaf|
|Okra ready to transplant|
This week we transplanted Okra, Sunflowers, Watermelon, Eggplant and Zinnias. Cory direct seeded Peanuts. We started more winter squash in the green house.
We have some blackberry plants in 1gallon pots in the big greenhouse but they were growing really slowly so Daniel and I moved them outside for more sun. They seem happier now.
|Sprocket settling in nicely|
|Puddy after rolling in the mud/fox scat. Gross.|
|Hangin out in the shade while we work.|