Friday, May 29, 2009
Bees are very important to us as they pollinate our squash and cucumber crops. Without pollination there is no fruit, so all the crops that are not self pollinating need bees to do the necessary work. Bees are very sensitive and have not fared well in the modern world of broad spectrum insecticides. We are happy to have these on the farm and be sure that there will be more pictures of these important unpaid workers on the farm.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
We planted day neutral strawberries this year and look forward to picking them all season long. We hope to be able to give strawberries one or two times to our CSA groups as well as offer them to our Farmer's Market customers. Notice the black plastic and the white plastic....the black will bring the plants planted on it in earlier while the white plastic will reflect the hot summer sun keeping those berries producing better in the height of the summer.
Garlic...Planted in the Fall it is the first to jump up in the spring and it will stay there until harvested mid summer. We offer the bulbs freshly pulled for the first week or so before we put them in our barn to cure. It is amazing how much more water is in the garlic before they are cured. Though it makes perfect sense, it never ceases to surprise people.
Here are the onions...they are looking great this year. They quickly rooted after transplanting and seem to be growing quickly...we do have a mild thrips population in our fields that often slows the growth of our onions come mid June...we will keep you updated!!!!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
We mowed all of our rye and Hairy Vetch today, it has been grown to enrich the soil with organic matter and to fix nitrogen. We grow many cover crops here on our farm, but the only ones that over winter (meaning they do not die with the frost) are Winter Rye and Hairy Vetch.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We bought hundreds of high tensile wire hoops to create mini-greenhouse conditions for the plants. The hoops keep the floating row cover from touching the plants (very abrasive on a windy day) as well as allows any frost to settle on the cover and not get through to the plants. We are hoping for the added benefit of reduced wind on our young plants.
The spring winds on our farm are enough to make you batty, on the days that it blows it is relentless, lifting plastic just laid, flying row covers into the trees, and wind whipping young plants; both dehydrating them and bending there often fragile leaves and stems. It will be interesting to see how the plants respond to them as well as how they respond to our field conditions...time will tell.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Vegetable and heirloom tomato displays...we carry 24 varieties of heirloom tomato plants...definitely our most popular greenhouse crop.
They look good, they taste good, so many lovely nasturtium basket went to new homes.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Lilacs are in bloom and they smell so great...too bad their season is so short!
Spring is full of blooming things...though the daffodils are past, violets of all colors are in all the woods, even some of the Solomon's Seal is blooming. With all the warm weather that we have been having, things are coming on a bit earlier than usual. Two of our three Farmer's Markets start this week...Hudson and Lenox.
We have been harvesting Arugula and Mesclun this week and look forward to selling lots of it this weekend. Plant sales are going well also...This is the first week that the Heirloom tomato plants are ready. While Brandywine and Striped German are the most popular plants, I am excited about Tigerella, Wapsipicon Peach, and First Light. I will trial them in a small garden plot to see if they are good enough to go out into the fields next year. We only let the proven winners go into production!!!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
We all went out with our gloves on and our bags open, ready to harvest the nettle by the stream. I prepared them into a delicious twist on an Italian favorite...Stinging Nettle and White Bean Soup.......Why not.