Dear CSA members,
The extreme hot weather is over for the moment, but we really need some rain. The hot weather stressed many of our crops. Several seedings we had in the field failed and need to be replanted because they failed to germinate in the heat. We are gearing up for a fall planting of cucumbers, zucchini, kale, collards, beets, beans, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and carrots. Most of them are seeded in the hoop house and waiting to get planted in the fields. Do your rain dance so we can get them in this week!
Corn is almost ready, but the house sparrows are back. There are hundreds on the farm now. Last year they damaged over 1/3 of our corn crop. We are seeing significant raccoon damage on the border of the cornfield this year. Anybody want to guard the field?
Tomatoes are starting to turn red, a woodchuck damaged the first one. Hopefully it will share some with us. Beans are now in production and will be in shares this week.