No newsletter next week because we will be on our August break. When we used to go straight thru to Thanksgiving we used to take two weeks off in August to try and rest and regroup for the remainder of the season. Now that we stop early we just take one week off. This is timed to coincide with the end of the early tomatoes and before the peppers really get going. No exotic destinations this time just a little rambling around the area and general lolling around. The staff gets the week off with pay and we get a week off!
We are looking forward a visit from my brother Jon and family this week. 19 seasons ago Jon came and threw in with us and helped turn the farm towards the course it is on now. Jon is the one in the family who got the natural “grower” gene from my father, I have had to work at becoming a decent grower all these years, Jon can just go out and grow beautiful crops. He was here for our first season at the Farmers’ Market (1986) and got us started growing vegetables and cut flowers on the only piece of ground we had left that wasn’t planted to blackberries and raspberries. Unfortunately for us but fortunately for his wife to be, he moved back to Tennessee the next year. He will be helping on the farm this Friday and at market on Saturday morning. Like most Saturdays if you watch our stand closely you can usually spot members of my family behind the table.