Here it is approaching Sunday afternoon and I still haven’t let you all know what’s new in the garden yet! There is so much going on, it’s hard to sit down and spend an hour on the computer, especially with a fussy, but oh so adorable, 5 week old to constantly soothe.
This heat! What can I say about it that hasn’t already been said? We’re in the midst of a severe drought and this brutal string of 90 degree days is supposed to continue for five more days. With our rich, heavy, wet soils up on the hill, we’ve never had to irrigate in the past. Sure, it would have helped during some dryer times, but it never reached crop failure proportions. The good news is that everything that rooted deeply in wetter times (a distant memory now), is continuing to produce…the tomatoes especially seem to be thriving. You may even see a few for sale on Monday!! But I’ve had to delay all new planting, including succession plantings of beets, carrots, radishes, arugula, etc, meaning there will be an unfortunate gap in goodies down the road. Definitely get your fill of Potter Hill organic veggies now…because if this heat doesn’t break soon, there may be no fall crop at all!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention…there will be blueberries for sale on Monday! No, not from Potter Hill (future project along with irrigation!). The good folks at Douglas Orchard have taken on the large task of revitalizing a neglected orchard and are committed to organic practices. Just like the incredible cheese available for order from Couet Farm, the blueberries are being offered as a convenience to Potter Hill customers – all money goes right back to the hard-working farmers that raised these tasty treats!
As always, put your orders in online before 8am tomorrow morning. If you’re too busy to choose, order a garden bag for only $15 by replying to this email or ordering online. We’ll pick your order fresh tomorrow morning and have it available for you to pick-up from 4-7pm Monday afternoon right on the farm at 64 Potter Hill Rd in Grafton. Hope to see you then!