I’m not a fan. Of the band nor the temperature. Get ready folks, we’re in for a wild ride! But what a gift Thursday and Friday morning were – I’m not sure we even made it out of the 60s on Thursday? I actually thought about putting a sweatshirt on…in the middle of the day…in the middle of July. And then I actually did on Friday morning. We got SO much done those two days, which is good because nothing is getting done this weekend. It’s amazing how much more efficient you are working outside when it’s not in the mid-90s! Today was 96 and all I accomplished after 9am was turning sprinklers on and off and cooling off in a friend’s pool. And tomorrow’s supposed to be even hotter.
Fortunately much of the cooler season crops are done until the fall. Broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, and cauliflower love the heat as much as this fair-skinned farmer. Unfortunately only a few of the cauliflower are heading up properly. The plants look great but it’s really hard to get good spring cauliflower as we have a pretty short window before it gets too hot for them. Fingers crossed and we’ll see what happens.
No creature or plant on the farm likes 98 degrees. (They weren’t even top 3 boy bands of the 90s!) Even tomatoes, my favorite heat-loving crop, will drop its flowers in the mid-90s, so somewhere down the line we’ll see a lull in what is looking like a fantastic tomato harvest. We picked a few cherry tomatoes from the tunnel this week, and I was very worried how everything would do in the tunnel, but we somehow managed to harvest for the CSA AND pull shade cloth up and over the tunnel this morning AND not pass out! It would have easily been triple digits+ in there without the shade cloth!
It seems the summer abundance is rapidly approaching, if not already here. The variety at least is great, though many items are limited. I just counted and there are 20 different items now listed. Order now while the getting is good!
Veggie Ordering and Pickup Procedures: Put your veggie orders in online before midnight Sunday. The website has been a little buggy so if you don’t see a wide variety of items or you see items out of stock, try refreshing your browser. Also confirm on checkout that you have the correct number of each item in your cart. New this year, we’ll have your order bagged up and available for you to pick up from 4-7pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the beat up tan and red barn at the crest of the hill.