After being gone for 10 days, I was eager to see what impact 3 inches of rain had on the farm. I was most interested in what we could start to harvest. We are starting to see some new vegetables enter our harvest schedule. Our first peppers, cucumbers and scallions are now being donated. Just a few for now, but basket loads in the not too distant future. Nothing better than to see the gleaners’ cars and trucks filled to the max. Grace is showing off our first Sunrise Bumblebee cherry tomato from our tomato “snack bar”.

Plants in the ground this week included 200 hundred Napa cabbages. Here are the crew planting, after the beds were broad forked and the cover crop raked into place to be used as mulch. Saturday volunteers planted 1,800 beet plants. Beets are a multiplant and we started 3 seeds per soil block. The plants grow away from each other without impacting the size of the beet. This way three times as many plants can be grown in the same amount of space,

Growing to Give is part of the Experimental Farm Network Perennial Dividing Onion Project. The project’s goal is to raise these onions to maturity and be able to produce enough seed to bring them back to abundance. Here is my somewhat feeble attempt! Even though I only have one flower, I am excited to see this seed head and try for more next year.

Friday’s rain brought out several fashion statements from the crew; Nathan in his Forest Green poncho, and Tucker showing off a new set of harvest sleeves! Very helpful in the cucumber tunnel and squash plots.

I want to end this week’s report with flowers. Our “Pick Your Own Bouquet” will be up and ready by the end of next week. It will be open Monday through Saturday. We are there from 8am until 2pm but we will leave the clippers and donation box out and available. Here is a bouquet picked and arranged by Carolyn on Saturday, showing off what we currently have blooming in the flower garden.

Thanks to our team, Carrie, and all the volunteers who kept the farm running smoothly and looking beautiful while I was away. I know it was not easy on those 90 degree days. Great job everyone!

Thanks so much,

Theda