2017 Week 41, Summer CSA Week 19 of 26
While this first year has hit a few crops hard -- 90% losses on onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots, etc. -- I harvested 30 bins of sweet potatoes last week, which is about a half ton. For a tiny farm, that's pretty sweet. It also made me recognize a feeling I had been missing: abundance. It's the best part about farming, and its absence is at the heart of the worst. But, yes, all the better spirits of the farm dwell in its abundance.
So, sweet potatoes are up -- curing at the moment, but they should be ready Wednesday -- while that odd 36 degree morning brought the basil down. This is the last week of my favorite -- and your least favorite :) -- crop on the farm: edamame! Get it while you can! This rain is washing the newly spread milky spore into the ground, which we with-crossed-fingers hope will progressively reduce the Japanese beetle population -- who so loved the rhubarb, raspberries, rose hips, and asparagus this year.
Speaking of the rain, it has been a month since we had more than a passing drop of rain, so even this less-than-an-inch event is very much appreciated. The winter spinach, especially, will like it for moisture, as well as temperature, in its germination. I seeded two and a quarter miles of winter greens (by the row), but still quizzically peer at its potential. This rain should clear up any confusion as to its germination.
Be so well,
See you on the farm,