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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Strange Summer Weather

The last few weeks at the farm have brought some really hot days and some unseasonable cool ones as well. We keep bouncing between heat waves and polar vortices. There has been a good amount of rain at even enough intervals that I haven't had to do a lot of irrigating, which has been really nice for me and for our well, I'm sure.

7:03 AM, JULY... strange

In other news, both Puddy and I have been diagnosed with tick diseases this summer. Puddy had Erlichiosis and I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We were both diagnosed with blood tests before showing any serious symptoms, which is luck because both are easily treated with Doxycycline if caught early. A full recover is expected for the two of us but it is frustrating to have to be on antibiotics again after having to take them last year for Lyme Disease.  I am still feeling pretty run down but its hard to tell at this time of year if that is because I was sick or because it's July.

We also got some nice press along with The Pig in DC Eater. See the article here.


You may remember that two of our hives did not make it through the winter. However, in the process of turning them over our beekeeper harvested 12 pints of honey. The honey is really nice, sweet and complex. Each of the restaurants got some and I am looking forward to seeing what they do with it. 

In the harvest bins the last few weeks: Kale, Radicchio, Rainbow Chard, the last of the spring Mustard Greens, Rainbow Carrots, Yaya Carrots, Dragon Carrots, Zephyr Squash, Patty Pan Squash, Troboncino Squash, the last of the first round of Zucchini, Mexican Sour Gherkins, Marketmore Cucumbers, Baby Bear Pumpkin, Baby Beets, the last of the spring Snow Peas, Green Beans, Heirloom Pole Beans, Herbs, Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Zinnia, Sunflowers, Nasturtium...


Trailer full of greens
Mexican Sour Gherkins

Zinnia and Sunflowers

First Heirloom Tomato Harvest

Baby Rainbow Carrots

2.2# Striped German Tomato from the Hoop House

Summer Squashes

Baby Bear Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Watermelon (so close to ripe), Cantaloup (not ready yet)

Striped German

Black Krim

Italian Heirloom

Chris, Farm Hero, helping weed and harvest on a HOT day

First big tomato harvest

Production and Cultivation

This time of year is a challenge for sure. The weeds (the GRASS!) are growing like crazy and hard to keep up with while simultaneously harvesting a summer bounty, delivering it and planting for the fall. Some areas of the farm have gotten out of control which is hard to see and also hard to avoid. It is a test of my time management and prioritization skills which always feel lacking when there are more things to do than time to do them. 
A Sample CSA Share

The long wait for the tomatoes is finally over!

Tiny baby Mexican Sour Gherkin
Mexican Sour Gherkins growing on old deer fencing

Fall planting, direct seeded Kale, Mustard, Radishes, Arugula and Choi

Heirloom Pole Beans reaching for the sky

Sugar Cherry Tomatoes

A few shots of the Heirloom Tomatoes in the Hoop House using the leaning and lowering technique...

Eating Well

L:Pickled, R: Fresh, Mexican Sour Gherkins at The Pig
Like little pouches of happiness, you must try these

Striped German Tomato, lunch

Tasting Menu at The Pig featuring our
Zucchini and Carrots

Logan Tavern- Grilled Pork Loin
on our Mustard Greens

Puddy Time

Maddie at the farm

Puddy helps out on planting day

Frozen treat from Rita's after a long day

Doing time

Ever vigilant, Puddy watching the fence line. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th from our Nation's Capital!

Addressing concerns that I do not appear in
the blog very often. Here is a peaceful summer farmer. 


In the harvest bins this week: Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Heirloom Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Kale, Green Beans, Red Ace Beets, Carrots, Rainbow Carrots, Black Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Purslane, Green Onions, Rainbow Chard
Summer Squash: Tromboncino, Gold Bush, Benning's Green, Zephyr

Heirloom Beans, Marvel of Venice

Heirloom Beans, Louisiane Purple

Heirloom Beans, Northeaster

Sunflower, Zinnia and Wildflowers

Yaya Carrots

Rainbow Carrots

Green Onions

More Lovely Flowers

Production and Cultivation

Teddy Bear Pumpkins coming along

Letting the rain wash the carrots for me

Got some much needed rain this week

Mexican Sour Gherkins

Here is an update on the leaning and lowering of the tomatoes for Brianna. The tomato vines keep growing up and up. On Tuesdays after deliveries I have 'Tomato Tuesday' where I spend a few hours pulling off suckers and trellising. In the field tomatoes I add another line on the Florida weave and in the high tunnel I add another clip to keep them growing up the string. The German Johnson variety is the tallest and fastest growing so far and should reach the bamboo supports within a week. We have lots of big beautiful green heirlooms and are just waiting for them to start coloring up. 

German Johnson is almost touching the roof

Green tomatoes
Heirlooms coming soon!

Snow Peas on old deer fence trellis

Nature's Fireworks, Dill Flowers

Eating Well

Here are two most recent tasting menus at The Pig .

I got to eat at The Pig this week with family and we LOVED what Chef Bonk did with our Beets and Zucchini!

Beets with a black raspberry reduction

cold Zucchini soup, somehow vegan and creamy

Puddy Time

Puddy stayed home a few days this week because it was really hot. Then we had company and she wanted to stay home with them. 

Puddy keeping cool at home