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Sunday, August 11, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Week 21

Can you believe it's already mid-August? I can't. It's time for a little time lapse to see where we've been and where we are going...

Field A- April thru August

Field B- April thru August

Weeding, Touring, Picking and Learning
This week we had our last summer restaurant visit from Logan Tavern. These guys were such a huge help. We harvested Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes and weeded all of the fall Chard and Beets together. 


Harvested this week: Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Rainbow Chard, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Fennel, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil and Sunflowers.

Logan Tavern Harvesting Green Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

There is progress in the orchard and I harvested and enjoyed the very first fig. It will be the only fig this year, it was small, but delicious.
First Fig from the Orchard
First Fruit

Chapeau de Frade Peppers, super spicy

Island Sunset

Bell Peppers in all the colors

Production and Distribution

Free Boxes at Costco!

Cultivation and Maintenance

Concord Grapes

New from the orchard! On top of the tasty fig, the grapes are starting to color up. They won't be ready to harvest until September but here's a peak at the Concords turning purple...

The big maintenance project this week was pulling out the Collard trap crop. They were COVERED in Harlequin Bugs, adults, babies and eggs. I sprayed them with Pyrethin but it didn't even touch them. So, Gayle and I carefully removed and bagged all the plants bugs included and sealed them in for removal from the farm. Hopefully this action will put a big dent in their population for all of the fall brassicas coming up. After we removed the plants and cleaned the bed I place three Cleome plants in pots. Harlequin Bugs love Cleome. I waited a few days and checked the plants. They were crawling with the baby Harlequins who had escaped the trash bags. All three plants went into one last bag and hopefully that is the end of it. For now. 

Trap Crop Disposal

Cleome- Trap number 2

Cleome crawling with Harlequins

The Asparagus ferns are starting to die off. This is a good thing. It's part of the process. The ferns have done their job gathering sun and energy and helping the roots grow strong for next spring.

Baby Butternut Squash!


Direct seeded more Carrots, Golden Beets, Peas and Spinach. 

Broccoli coming up

Eating Well

Roasted Squash at Logan Tavern

Farm Life

Boots, Muckers, Back up Boots
This is the occasional farm life section of the blog highlighting what it's like to be an organic farmer.  This week's topic is Boots for all weather. With all of the humidity and rain I've been starting each day with my muckers. I finally invested in a decent pair after cheaping out on the last two. I got these at Tractor Supply for not much more than the cheap ones I've been using and they are already far superior. The dilemma with these is that you wear them to keep your socks dry, but they don't breath. So, by the time it starts to warm up you have to change them before your socks get soaked from the inside out, if you catch my drift. 

Birthday Boots!
That's when I switch to my hiking boots. I just retired my Keens which served me well all last season but have developed a strange bump under my big toe. I spent all my birthday money on a re-solable pair of Vasque hiking boots and I think I'm in love. They are incredibly comfortable even after a full day's work. They should also last twice as long as the Keens since I can replace the sole. 

I also have a pair of Bogs for cold and wet weather. They are super awesome but way too warm to be wearing in August. And if that's not enough, it's always good to have a pair of back up boots for the occasion when your main pair get soaked or accidentally left at home. 

All of my boots live at the farm and I come and go in Crocs and Socks. For real.

Puddy Time

Every morning when we arrive Puddy does a quick patrol. Just how quick depends on if she sees any rabbits as we drive in. If she does than she bolts out of the truck as soon as I open her door and saunters back a few minutes later, proud that she has kept those wraskly wrabbits at bay.

Puddy on a leisurely morning patrol

Puddy gets a treat at Culver's and drops some crumbs for Kathy

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