Farm update, early August


We’ve had three really good market days in a row now, anchored by the very popular trio of diverse garlic, heirloom green beans, and edamame. We’ve been getting so much good feedback on these products and are thrilled with how well they’re selling and how much people like them. We haven’t had a whole lot of diversity lately, though, as our cherry tomatoes, okra, tomatillos, and other summer items are taking their time to come on.

The market garden has been somewhat neglected lately (I don’t even have current photos), as we’re spending so much time harvesting beans and edamame in the main field, and clearing & replanting beds for fall items. In the above photo, you see edamame in the foreground, newly planted fall greens & radishes behind them, sorghum off to the left, dent corn to the right, drying soup beans in front of the corn, then in the back middle we have edamame, amaranth, tomatillos, and okra. Not pictured are sunflowers, more beans, potatoes, and sweet corn (this latter just for us). The white blooms in the far back are a buckwheat cover crop which is loaded with bees right now.

Joanna, especially, has been getting fall items seeded in the market garden (collards, kale, mustard, bok choi, turnips, & more) . Our cherry tomatoes are finally ripening, and cucumbers & squash are finally producing (we only have small quantities of these last two).

Weather, as always, is a factor. Last week a strong storm swept over Goatsbeard Farm while I was working, pelting the dairy with pea-sized hail for about 15 minutes. Luckily this missed our farm, though the next morning a related front swept through with high winds, which funneled down our main field’s valley and flattened a lot of our very tall sorghum. Some of this has since made an amazing recovery, but there are still lots of broken stalks:

Otherwise we’re reasonably grateful to finally get some hot, 90’s weather. Makes life less comfortable, but we need it to really spur the tomatoes, peppers, okra, and more. And we’re still in very seasonal conditions that we really can’t complain about, given what they could be, especially with enough rain still to avoid too much need for irrigation.

We’re trying to stick to our summer schedule, working outdoors mornings and evenings and doing easier/indoor tasks during the afternoon. It works reasonably well, and I enjoy the chance for after-lunch naps.
On the blog this week, look for more on tomatillos, a post full of pretty wildlife pictures, and photos of good farm food.

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