Farm News

The Last Push

This week the winter cold swept in, something we always hope will happen AFTER the Late Fall Share is complete.  Nature doesn't necessarily consult our schedule though, and we spent our week moving, washing, harvesting, protecting and storing all of our remaining crops.  The moving occurs because crops such as onions, garlic and squash have resided in our greenhouse since harvest--a rather inefficient space to heat when the temperatures dip.  Last week we washed, cleaned … read more »

Fall Field Update from Kate

Our Farm Manager Kate writes:

We are beginning to put the fields to rest, but not before the last hurrah of the fall share.  We were able to get many crops through the low temperatures a couple of weeks ago.  When the temperatures begin to drop, we pick the last of tender crops that will die from freezing temperatures and protect the crops that can tolerate frost.  We bring large lengths of row cover, basically … read more »

The week in pictures

What a range of weather we've had in the last 10 days!      … read more »

Aftermath of the Rain

This Week's Farm News Comes from our Farm Manager, Kate:

Many CSA members, farm volunteers, and market shoppers have been kindly asking us how we are faring after the downpour a few weeks ago. Thank you for thinking of us! Compared to many other areas and farms, the immediate impact was relatively minimal (we are so grateful!). We were able to harvest most of our winter squash this past week and just started digging sweet … read more »

Farm Raised Pork, Turkeys, Apple Shares, and Late Fall Shares!

Hi all! 

It's that time of year again!  As we come out of the haze of summer and its demands, it's always shocking how close at its heels Autumn stands.  While we're still harvesting melons, tomatoes, and cucumbers, we're also tending the crops and critters that will keep us fed through the winter--our fall root crops, winter squash, hearty greens, and of course our livestock.  We have several opportunities to stock yourselves up for the … read more »

Beekeeping with Kate

This week's news comes from Farm Manager (and beekeeper) Kate: As we picked our first melons this past week, there was a constant buzz of bees in the melon blossoms:  honeybees, bumblebees, an interesting all-black bee...  I’m sure most of you have heard cries to “save the bees”, and some of you may have heard me talk about bees at the farm kids workshop in March.  An interest in bees runs in my family.  My… read more »

CSA U-Pick Nuts and Bolts

U-pick opportunities are underway!  Whether you are a member of our on-farm CSA, or a Market Share member at the Westside Community Market (full-season members only), you are invited to participate in our U-pick opportunities as part of your membership.   There is no charge to members for these items, we only ask that you take what your household will put to use and follow any posted limits.   We set harvest limits, particularly at the start … read more »

Around the Farm

What a week!  Just as we are wrapping up spring and early summer crops and tilling under fields, our fall plantings are right on their heels asking for attention!  We've hit our stride but there's still lots to do.  Here are a few crop highlights from our week at the farm:

Carrots--we are starting to harvest our summer carrots and although germination was poor, the carrots we do have look great!  Our fall crop … read more »

Garlic Season

Kate, our Farm Manager, writes this week from the field: Garlic is one of my favorite crops to grow.  We started harvesting garlic on Monday and the crop looks nice, but smaller than usual.  The bulbing response is daylength dependent, so the plant only has so many days to grow before making a bulb.  The spring was so cold for so long that the garlic took longer to emerge from its blanket of mulch.  It… read more »

July Field Report

It's a tradition and a useful benchmark to reflect on the farm around the July 4th holiday--usually we can tell a lot about our season by seeing what is thriving right now.  It's a nice way to "take the pulse" of the farm, and also a nice time to pause and appreciate the beauty and health of the many crops we have living here!

One reason this time of year is telling is that all … read more »