Only a farmer can complain about the weather after a day like yesterday but here goes…September 1st and more 90s in the forecast. Yay! I suppose summer isn’t technically over and we can all bear one more heat wave. But that’s what I said about this week’s heat wave, which was supposed to be summer’s last hurrah.
I’m trying to beat the heat Monday and get you all stocked up for your Labor Day BBQs, so per tradition we’re doing an early Labor Day pickup from 12-2pm. Please get your orders in by midnight Sunday as it will be a quick turnaround! Despite the half empty tone below, we’ve made a lot of progress on the farm and there are plenty of goodies on the list. Be sure to get your fill of our heirloom tomatoes while you can as they are circling the drain. And fast (see picture below for as of yet unidentified disease now affecting some fruits).
For some reason instead of sharing typical pictures of the wonders of farming, I’m feeling like sharing with you all this season’s heartbreaks of farming. In case you can’t make it out, that’s a cucumber covered in mold still on the vine and a celeriac (which LOVES water) completely rotted in place.The fields are finally drying out but the receding waters have revealed rotten vegetables right and left. If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen any eggplant from us in a while, it’s because every one ready to harvest is slimy squishy. Same goes for all those seemingly beautiful red peppers – you go to pick one and your hand goes right through it. Grossest. Feeling. Ever. Based on how amazing they smell, you would never guess the level of stench a rotten pepper can reach. On the bright side, the pepper and eggplant plants are covered in flowers and delicious looking small fruits.
Put your veggie orders in online before midnight Sunday. We’ll have your order available for you to pick-up from 12-2pm Monday on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Pickups are in the long white garage on the left across from the big red barn at the crest of the hill.