- Head Lettuce
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Bok Choy
Every year there is a spring time lull when there are only a few plants in the ground and everything looks so small. And then BOOM! Here we go! Everything bursts into life and acres of ground quickly get planted within only a couple of days. The fields fill up and the season starts to pick up pace.
It is amazing how quick vegetable’s life cycles are., especially when we have years like this one with 90 degree weather for days on end. The tiny little plants that were just put in the ground a couple of week’s ago are now almost ready to harvest. While the warm, sunny weather helps to bring on some crops earlier, it also causes some crops to mature quicker than we would like. This season we had quite a few of our early season crops bolt a week before the CSA began, making us thankful that we always have multiple back up plans.
As new farmers we feel that figuring out the timing with such variable spring weather presents one of our biggest challenges. We are at the mercy of the weather in everything that we do. In June the first vegetables of the year start to come on slowly and by July we have vegetables coming out of our ears and things start to get a lot easier.
We have finished our spring time planting for the year and are now more focused on tackling the weeds and keeping the plants alive. As the vegetable seeds germinate in the soil, so do the weed seeds, starting the farmers’ never ending battle against these persistent little invaders. Just when you think you are getting caught up, a new flush of weeds pops back up.
This year we are investing in a better cultivation set up for our tractors, so we can manage weeds more effectively. The goal is to not have to hand weed as it would be impossible for just the two of us to weed everything by hand or using hand tools alone. We first use the tractor to knock out any weeds that we can, then we go in with hoes and as a last step we go in and hand weed if needed. Using mechanical and hand cultivation allows us to provide our community with healthy, chemical free food.
Over the past week we have been doing just that. The fields went from looking like they were about to turn into a jungle to looking neat and clean with clear-cut lines of vegetables running down the length of the field. It is always a good sign when you can tell which vegetable is actually growing there.
This week we are happy to bring a new selection of vegetables. Enjoy this week’s sugar snap peas, beautiful red scallions, carrots, and chard!