I know, I know. It has been a few weeks since we’ve posted. It’s July. It’s busy.
What’s new at the farm: everything is growing fast and big. I feel like we are finally into the abundance of summer. It took long enough. All the veggies are doing really good. We’ve been up to our ears in cauliflower and broccoli, but that is slowly coming to an end. We are finally transitioning into our summer crops, a little late, but more than welcome at this point. We’ve picked the first of the basil and potatoes, zucchini and beans are just around the corner. The corn is tall and flowering (already?) and the tomatoes are setting fruit (finally!).
Josh, Everett and I went away last weekend to our dear friend’s wedding in Oakland, so we left the farm to Patrick and Katherine for the weekend. They did a great job of keeping everything watered and alive. They started 70 plus trays of the fall crops and even managed to have a little party while we were away! 🙂
We’ve also stopped going to the Medford market and will be starting up the Ashland Saturday market this weekend. So, we will see how it goes. It was a hard decision to make, especially because we have been enjoying providing produce to Medford folks, but the sales aren’t high for us in Medford and we need to meet our bottom line this year. Three markets a week would overwhelm us. We hope to go back to Medford this year.
The CSA is is in its tenth week, almost half-way through! We have started selling produce to the McCully House Inn in Jacksonville and continue to provide Chateaulin with produce as well. The Siskiyou CSA is moving along as well.
We’ve had a few challengs with our truck breaking down a couple of times. We’ve thrown a lot of money to it in the last few weeks and it has set us back a bit financially, but it is sort of an important asset. It definitely has us thinking about what to do next year….
So, our strawberries. We haven’t had one good pick this year yet. We have 1,000 plants. I’ve had one strawberry from 1,000 plants. It makes no sense. We’ve had a little critter eating all of the ripe berries. We put out a live trap last night and trapped a fox. Josh was going to release it up in the woods a couple of miles up the road this morning. I’m curious to see how that went. We are going to piecemeal together some fencing to keep any more animals from eating the strawberries. This has been a big loss for us so far this year. Losing a high-value crop over the last few weeks has set us back some, but since the plants are everbearing, we still have some time to do some good picks from the plants if we can control the herbivores or omnivores or whatever they are.
It was such a full bright moon last night and all the animals were out moaning and yelping. It was intense.
Okay, I’m going to post some pictures soon of the farm, if I can just get around and take some photos. Happy weekend.