Minimalist newsletter this week, as Eric is doing double duty while Joanna is away celebrating a family wedding. This means that herbs will be limited on Monday, and Thursday’s survey, which usually goes out Monday afternoon, will be delayed until Monday night or Tuesday morning. Because of cool weather (and possibly an early frost this weekend), share contents are especially uncertain.
Although the second half of August felt pretty miserable due to heat and humidity, and we’re glad it’s over, the first half fit the rest of this summer’s trend in being cool and comfortable. Rainfall was below average, also continuing summer’s trend, but not desperately so, and it was reasonably spread out through the month.
With the arrival of September, we begin the slow transition to fall crops. The first fall leafy greens appear this week, for full shares, in the form of saute mix. Collards & mustard to follow soon. Some ripe red Anaheims will also start showing up, so from now on all hot peppers will be in the herb bag, with sweet peppers loose, so you can tell the difference. The latest Climate Prediction Center forecast suggests a colder air mass is coming our way. The big question on our minds: When will we get the first killing frost? Continue reading
Heat, humidity, and horseflies: the hellish H’s of August. Add to that the ragweed, which is now releasing pollen in clouds that resemble smoke, and we’re feeling pretty run down. Please continue to request & use extras & bulk, because we don’t have time or energy to handle leftovers of abundant produce when it occurs.
It’s hot. We’re glad we got a lot of the fall crops in the ground while the weather was cool, so now we can focus on harvest & maintenance in the fields. We’ve been using the hot afternoons to can, dry, freeze, & ferment the surplus while it is available. This is a good time to put in requests for extras & preserve some of your own as well. Continue reading
Okra, sweet peppers (Chervena Chushka), & a honey bee on flowering buckwheat (a cover crop).
Upcoming crops: Close-up of bean flower, pole beans, & leeks.
July was extraordinarily cool, especially as compared to the blast furnace of 2012. As pleasant as the working conditions were, it was also quite dry (less than 1/3 average rainfall) and we’re quickly re-entering the drought conditions that so worried us earlier in the year. You can clearly see this in the annual precip graph for Columbia, maintained by NWS, which shows how we’ve flirted with drought all year (other than one dousing in early April) and are now something like 4″ under average since the rain shut off in early July. We can see the vegetation transitioning to that yellow-tinged hue of dry summers, and the ground is rock-hard with cracks showing through. Still, a lot of neat things were happening in our ecosystem, as this month’s photos document. Continue reading
Missouri’s Amendment 1 is getting international attention. Midday Monday, just as we prepared for lunch after packing CSA shares for afternoon delivery , we received a call from the producer of the CBC Radio show As It Happens, a “national evening radio-current affairs program”. They were interested on doing a story about Right To Farm, had found our Op/Ed piece in July 27’s Columbia Tribune, and wanted to interview us. So our afternoon deliveries were temporarily postponed while Eric talked to the show’s host. The ~7 minute segment aired Monday evening, and can be found in their August 4th podcast, starting at around the 18:45 mark. Give it a listen, we think it came out reasonably well.
Vote NO, eh!
The weather this summer has been more pleasant than we could reasonably expect, and as we head into August, the Climate Prediction Center continues to forecast below normal temperatures. No complaints here, though it may slow down the crops such as okra and eggplant that thrive in heat. Sure makes our lives easier for getting fall crops established, though. Some rain would be nice, as it has now been more than 3 weeks since we’ve had an amount that meant anything. Continue reading