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The Ninety Nines

Welp, it’s the middle of July and it feels like it…if you live in Florida. It’s been hard to complain since that previous heat wave though – until Thursday it had been down right reasonable. This balmy tropical air was at least supposed to bring us the thorough soaking we desperately needed. It’s funny because I spent all day Friday preparing for the big rains, and I’m not sure we even got half an inch. Not funny in the haha way, funny in the ‘I want to strangle my weather app’ way. Sometimes I wonder if weather forecasters have the best job. They have absolutely no pressure to be accurate – there couldn’t possibly be a lower bar for our expectations of them right? It’s kind of like reading your horoscope – well that could happen today. Or not!

-Pitch lettuce

This heat has turned my brain to jello, although to be fair it was already starting to melt before the heat due to the crazy week. I started a Wednesday CSA (few spots left) last week for pickup at the farmers market – Week 1 went great because the market was canceled and pickup was on farm. Week 2, not so great. All the little logistical challenges of packing and getting shares to market that my little brain didn’t think through made for an unnecessarily frustrating day. Add a huge order for the Uxlocale into the mix and my organic inspection the day before, and I was D-U-N done by the end of the day.

Unfortunately this weekend isn’t looking much better because…taxes.Anyway! I know this is the second week in a row I’ve said this, but I still maintain we’re on the verge of abundance, as long as this heat doesn’t cook everything. Paddy Rose has eaten the first three husk cherries of the season, the cherry tomatoes in the tunnel just started turning color, and I’ve been tempted to dig up the potatoes because they’ve graduated from plants to bushes!

Speaking of bushes, the lettuce is getting ahead of us and starting to look a little like a bush. Lettuce is also the perfect food for this heat so turn off those grills and ovens and fire up the salads! And we’re bringing back the triple washed “salad in a bag” lettuce because it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever. That and the carrots we’re pulling out of the ground right now! Plus lots more great stuff, ordering link below.

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.

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