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Sunday, July 7, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Week 16

July is restaurant visit month. This week The Pig came out to see us. They got a tour of the farm and spent about an hour and a half helping out. They weeded our new Asparagus planting  and harvested 17lbs of Green Beans and 20lbs of Carrots. It was a huge help to have 20 extra people working for a bit.

A Pig Farmer
Farmers from The Pig

In the harvest bins this week; Chard, Kale, Broccoli, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, a few Peppers, Cauliflower, Carrots, Squash, Zucchini, Squash Blossoms, Cucumbers, Raddichio, Snow Peas, Green Beans, Beets, Rhubarb, Collard Greens, Sage, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Dill, Basil, and Cilantro.

Dill Flowers


Peppers- Bell, Poblano, Anaheim, Jimmy Nardello

Squash, Zucchini and Blossom

Squash Blossoms

Production and Distribution

We've been moving a lot of produce the last few weeks. Too much to stop and take a lot of pictures of. Here's Gayle washing and weighing produce for delivery into the EatWell Restaurants. 

Cultivation and Maintenance

We got so much work done this week. Here are some of the crew from The Pig pulling Japanese Beetles off of the Edamame and throwing them into the trap. Thanks guys!

Pulling out the old Mustard Greens
The farm is in transition from Spring to Fall. Several of our spring plantings have bolted or are just failing and need to be pulled out and replanted. This week we pulled out all the Peas, the first Arugula and Mustard Greens. Then we have to clean the bed and prep it for planting.

Pulling out the old peas

Raddichio Rising
Bolting. It's what happens when a plant goes to seed. We usually want to harvest any kind of leaves or greens before this happens. Once the plant's energy goes into flowering and seed production the leaves usually don't taste as good anymore. A few of the Radicchio plants have started to bolt. I'm leaving them in place because they look cool and I want to see what they do from here. In the meantime, I need to harvest the rest before they all bolt. 

The rain let up toward the end of the week and we were able to get some seeds in the ground. We planted Chard, Beets, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Choi, Spaghetti Squash and Pumpkins. This is the beginning of the fall planting, how can it be that time already?

Before cleaning

This is where we pulled out the Mustard Greens and Beets, what's left is just weeds which I took out with the wheel hoe and a rake.

Cleaned and planted

Cauliflower and Choi planted

Planting Carrots with the 4 Row Seeder

Eating Well

I had dinner at Grillfish on the 4th of July. I ordered the daily pasta which was a hand made ravioli stuffed with our farm Zucchini. I loved the Zucchini filling and the creamy tomato sauce. 

Zucchini Ravioli

Mussels with Greens

Seafood Sicilian

Star Spangled Banana Split

Other farm feature dishes this week

Shrimp on our Lettuce from Grillfish

Greens and Beans at Logan Tavern

Green Beans with Bacon at The Pig

The Pig's Farm Salad, all produce from the farm with goat cheese!

Puddy Time

Sleepy farm dog after a hard day in the sun

Puddy watching us wash

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