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Monday, June 3, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Week 11

There was lots of pink this week. It's not usually my favorite color but it looks good on the farm...

Clockwise from top left: D'Avignon Radishes, Roses, Watermelon Radish
Rainbow Chard. One of the prettiest veggies in my book.


There was a lot to harvest this week and on Friday I even had help. Robby and Kyle from The Pig came out Friday morning, braving the sun and the heat, and helped me harvest and clean everything for Saturday's delivery. They were amazing and, I think, had a great time.  We harvested Turnips, Radishes, Strawberries, Mustard Greens, Broccoli Raabe, Lettuce, Arugula, Kale, Pac Choi, Shelling Peas, Sage, Thyme, and Mint. 

Tons of Turnips

D'Avignon Radishes

Pretty Pac Choi

Production and Distribution

I didn't get many good production pictures this week. However, we have a neighbor who cuts our lower field for hay and I got a few shots of that.  He cut the hay on Wednesday and left it out to dry until Saturday when he bailed it. Below you can see the bailer which scoops the hay up off the ground and rolls it.

Finished Bail in the distance. He got 6 out of this field.

Cultivation and Maintenance

Emil, our Bee Keeper, spent a lot of time with our hives this week. He felt that one of the queens wasn't strong enough so he brought a new one over and replaced her.

Our 3 Bee Hives

Queen Bees
Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers and WEEDS

The squash and cucumbers were ready to uncover this week. They have spent the last three weeks under a floating row cover and have now formed flowers and even a few small Zucchini. 

While the Floating Row Cover created safe and ideal growing conditions for the cucurbits, they did the same for the weeds. This is two beds with solid weeds in between. :( I know what I'm doing tomorrow.....

Tiny Zucchini and flower (and weeds)



I tilled 2 new beds in the orchard and amended them with composted manure and some liquid fertilizer. Then I seeded Watermelon, Honey Dew and Cantaloupe.  They should be a good match for the orchard while it is still young and not shading things out. The melons will spread and up here they won't be in anybody's way and their extensive leaves will help the orchard in the summer acting as a green mulch, shading the soil to help retain moisture, and minimizing weed competition for the trees. 

Adding composted manure

Seeded Melons

Volunteer Allison and Lucy helped spread manure.
Thanks Allison!

Eating Well

Robby, Kyle and I harvested a big delicious salad of Spinach, Arugula, Mustard Greens, Red Sails Lettuce, Romains, Radishes, Turnips and Strawberries with a Mint Dressing. It was perfectly refreshing after working in the 90 degree sun. You can be a volunteer too and enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch and home made popsicles. Come on out and get some fresh air!
Volunteer Lunch

Farm Fresh Salad
I also made us some popsicles with Strawberries and Mint
from the farm, mango and lemonade.

Bread Pudding from The Pig with our Strawberries

Arugula Salad at Grillfish
Mustard Green Salad at The Pig

Strawberry Gazpacho, Logan Tavern

Our Arugula and Strawberries star in this salad at Logan Tavern

Puddy Time

Puddy enjoyed spending an afternoon with Lucy. Also, Puddy and I would like to officially endorse Advantix over Frontline for Tick prevention. We switched this month and have had far fewer ticks. 

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