July Field Report

The July 4 Holiday is a great benchmark for the farm season--by this time of the year we have a pretty good sense of the kind of season we're having, and what to expect from the many crops that are now in the ground.  All of our major plantings are complete, and the nature of our work shifts from planting to more weeding, watering, and of course, harvesting!

We'll soon be starting our big "storage" harvests for the year--crops that we harvest all at once and store for distribution during the rest of the season.  Garlic is the first one--we'll be harvesting all 13,000 bulbs that we have in the field over the course of the next couple of weeks.  The garlic crop is looking wonderful, and we expect beautiful large bulbs this year.

Onions are another big crop that we've been tending all season, and will soon be harvesting for storage.  We start with our sweet heirloom and torpedo onions (which you'll see in CSA shares and at the market stand now), and then move into our yellow and red storage onions.  Those will be brought into the greenhouse to "cure" before distribution.  Curing dries down the outer layers of the onions and gives them a more papery look.  It also allows them to store well into the winter.  Our onion crop also looks very good, but will rely on drier conditions in the next couple weeks.  Onions do not like heavy rains when they are reaching maturity and may not store as long if they mature in wet soil.  Seeing that we've received almost 9 inches of rain in the last few weeks, and predictions are for heavy rain tonight, let's cross our fingers that things will dry out soon.  Many of our summer crops would prefer drier weather so consider this your last warning, heavy storms!

July also means we're getting close to harvest time for our summer heat-loving crops: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and melons.  Yeah!  Our tomatoes look wonderful--tall and full of fruit.  Foliar diseases are minimal (so far), which means we'll (hopefully) have a long harvest season once they get rolling.  Peppers, melons, and eggplant also look very good, despite rather slow growth during our cool and wet stretch in May/June.  We may see them a bit later than usual, but they will be plentiful when they arrive.

Weekly trellising of tomato plants is hard work but worth it come harvest time!


Despite our difficult spring with Brassica crops (broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, etc), our fall fields are fully planted and look great!  We should have great production from those crops later in the summer and fall.

Overall, we've experienced some rather dramatic weather this season so far, and while a few crops have not been happy, things are looking great!  A BIG THANKS to our fabulous farm crew and team of Worker Share members who have been keeping on top of the weeds, working through rain and heat and holidays, and harvesting our veggies to look and taste the best that they can!  We couldn't do it with out you!

Happy Eating!

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