We have donated 7,000 pounds of food so far this season. This is more than double of where we were this time last year. Every season is different and we learn to adjust and adapt to the experiences. Squash vine borer made an appearance this year causing much damage and an early end to much of our summer squash production. This may impact our end of season projection.
COVID-19 also made an appearance and we had to adapt in many ways. One being how food is distributed from the farm. We still send out bulk boxes, some mixed produce, and some single item. In addition we send out bagged produce. These photos show you how it gets sent out and the variety that goes into the bag. Unfortunately, people are not able to choose what they would prefer, and we have no idea how many people each bag is feeding. We can only do what we think is best and hope it is helping. We did get great feedback from last week’s sharing table in front of the library in Brunswick. Out of 18 bags sent out only one was left.
The greenhouse is full of garlic hanging to dry from the rafters and at least 600 pounds of onions drying for later distribution. This year we are selling some of our Music garlic for culinary purposes or as seed garlic. Details will follow in a future farm report.
The tomatoes got topped off this week so the energy of the plant would go into developing the fruit and stop the growth of the plants. Kinda sad, they looked so beautiful reaching upward to the top of the greenhouse.
This week the leeks were starting to be harvested. Here is Nathanial cleaning them up a bit before being sent out.
A couple plants of interest this year that we planted just for fun are: pumpkin on a stick and rainbow quinoa. The pumpkin on a stick is really an eggplant. You can dry it right on the plant, it will turn bright orange. I have read that it has a slightly bitter flavor, used in African dishes and stir fries. Who wants to try one? I will reach out to our New Mainers to see if there is interest in utilizing the fruits of this plant.
The quinoa is almost ready to harvest. The gleaning process to get to the actual seeds seems very labor intensive. If anyone wants to try some we will have it drying for you. 🙂
We are planning and planting our fall crops. Many beds of lettuces are going in and we are preparing beds for spinach and hakurei turnips. Fall seems a long way off but it’s not, and as the days shorten we have to add additional time of about a week to our harvest dates.
The sunflowers are in full bloom. You can add them to your “Pick a Bouquet” if you stop by the farm. Here is a photo of this weeks’ beauty.
Last but not least, we harvested our first elderberries! There will be more to harvest this week. They went directly into the freezer. I hope we can do a socially distant workshop with our elderberry expert, Abby Sewall, while the weather is still warm and we can be outside. Again, I will keep you posted as we work out the details.
There is still a lot going on at the farm, come by and check it out. Don’t forget our virtual art auction this coming Friday. So many talented people have put lots of creative energy into this project to make it fun. It is another way to support Growing to Give and our community.
Thanks everyone, Theda