What’s been going on!
Arghhh!!!! Damn this rain. Some of you may know that I am somewhat of a perfectionist, really more of “elegantist”, I know not a real word. I always want to see beautifully crafted activities on the farm, a smooth flow of operations from one to the next, no matter how small or trivial I want things to feel like an efficient dance, elegant. It is all about timing.
I have been pacing around for a week frustrated knowing that if I could have had one more dry day last week I would have had all the cover crops seeded and with this long rainy period they would be flying up in no time, perfect. Normally we are lamenting that it is too dry to get soil worked or to germinate seeds uniformly but not so this fall.
Slowed down by a few too many off farm activities and a pulled back muscle I ran out of time. The yearly soil preparation cannot be rushed, it takes a certain amount of time and passes over the fields to do it right. Now it will take at least a week for things to dry out enough to finish up. The later up into October we go the harder it is to insure good establishment of the all important cover crops. Betsy says to get over it and I will but it will not be elegant, more like a foxtrot than a tango.
Picture of the Week
After 6 days and over 2” of rain, hope on the horizon
What’s going to be at the market?
Probably only a few more weeks of Peppers, fewer but still plenty of Red Bells and some yellow too. Red, yellow and orange Corno di Toros. Peppers with little or no heat- Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji’s, the habanero without heat.
In hots fewer Poblanos, Anaheims but plenty of Jalapenos, Serranos, Cayennes, Picante Pimentos and a few Pasillas, Piquillos.
Greens season again with beautiful Little Gem lettuce back this week. Lacinato Kale, early Collards and Bok Choi. Winter Squash- Spaghetti Squash, Butternut, Acorn and Sweet Dumpling. Carolina Ruby Sweet Potatoes, they all go great with chiles or our Baby Ginger!
It is also roots season with tender white Japanese Turnips, Easter Egg Radishes and the first Watermelon and Black Spanish Radishes of the fall. Beets are back with all three types Red, Golden and the striped Chioggia. Carrots too!
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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Alex, I enjoy reading your blog! Sorry to hear that you weren’t able to get your covers seeded before all this rain came through- bummer!
I was curious whether you are sowing oats/cc now or if it’s just your rye/vetch mixes that go in this late?
Yes they all go in now, we usually don’t have fields ready any earlier than late Sept. anyway. The clover always does fine, sometimes the oats get hit with early cold.