Greenery

Tomatoes #4 & #5 get their stakes, with inter-bed'ed beans -- southern & soy -- and a lush living mulch. A simple white clover monoculture would certainly be easier to manage, but a multi-species mix including the bright-green chicory is the current trial.

Tomatoes #4 & #5 get their stakes, with inter-bed'ed beans -- southern & soy -- and a lush living mulch. A simple white clover monoculture would certainly be easier to manage, but a multi-species mix including the bright-green chicory is the current trial.

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As I harvested the ‘Shishito’ and ‘Padron’ peppers today, I tried to move the picking size toward the smaller end. Because wouldn’t you know it, but they get rather hot when they get big. I apologize to any of you who found this out for yourself, just like I did. I was able to squeeze an extra two beds of these frying types into the 2020 plan, and might even try to get a third. They’re so much fun to eat! ‘Shishito’ and ‘Padron’ are currently in the 2020 mix, but I’m also looking into ‘Fushimi’, a purely sweet, long and thin type from Japan. If you know of or prefer any others, I’d love to hear about them.

Although the topsoil is dry, and a lot of the farm still shows the drought we had most of this summer, the rains we got over the last 4 weeks have settled in at depth. And it’s quite a moving thing, at the level of the body, to feel it coming out in the colors of the farm (as in the photo above). Fall, too. Farming bodies feel that coming as well.

Last I heard, Andrew (and/or Susan) Bayker of Althea Bread will be here on Wednesday with samples. I’m so glad Andrew is feeling well and ready to take on the world after his surgery. I’m also glad that all of you who haven’t had a chance to try his bread will finally get that opportunity. If you want to read ahead online, there’s more at his website: Althea Bread.

My best,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Veggies
Bean, Cowpea Snap
Bean, Soy / Edamame
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer

Roots
Carrots
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Irish

Fruit
Raspberries

Herbs
Basil, Holy
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai
Garlic
Mint, of some flavor
Pepper, Hot
Turmeric, Frozen

Flowers

Farm Honey & Ferments for sale.

Cooking Classes
Get in touch with Cecelia at cecelia.baum@gmail.com to sign-up.

Althea Bread
Here with Samples!

All of the Hot Peppers up until this point have not been especially hot. These — ‘Red Paper Lantern’ — are hot! Watch for them in the mix this week, should you want or not want them in your dinner. :)

All of the Hot Peppers up until this point have not been especially hot. These — ‘Red Paper Lantern’ — are hot! Watch for them in the mix this week, should you want or not want them in your dinner. :)


Potatoes out — a miraculously not-that-bad wheel-hoeing job — spinach soon to go in. Wednesday PM looks like the perfect time to try that seeding -- the heat leaves, the coolness comes, and perhaps a little moisture falls. Among all the sliding doors in the farm year to slip through, fall spinach is the most narrow. Spinach won't germinate in the heat, but if we wait too long, it won't properly grow until the Spring ... when we'd rather it in the winter. Cross your fingers, eyes, and toes. :)

Potatoes out — a miraculously not-that-bad wheel-hoeing job — spinach soon to go in. Wednesday PM looks like the perfect time to try that seeding -- the heat leaves, the coolness comes, and perhaps a little moisture falls. Among all the sliding doors in the farm year to slip through, fall spinach is the most narrow. Spinach won't germinate in the heat, but if we wait too long, it won't properly grow until the Spring ... when we'd rather it in the winter. Cross your fingers, eyes, and toes. :)

The full-on legume cover crop mix comes in. Big seeds — like those in this mix — get seeded at depth, which means better moisture, which means better germination … than smaller seeded crops.

The full-on legume cover crop mix comes in. Big seeds — like those in this mix — get seeded at depth, which means better moisture, which means better germination … than smaller seeded crops.