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Sugar Snap Peas
The online market is open for orders. the sugar snap peas are in season now. The hull peas are still not ready but will be soon.
When you come to our farm you are getting some of the finest “No spray” food around. You will also find that some of the headlands, pond banks and edges have not been mowed recently. I do this limited mowing on purpose as part of insect managment. You will also find assorted cover crops. Some of the effect is to provide food and cover for benificials and some of it is working as trap crops for bad bugs. I hope you enjoy some of our fine food this summer. Daniel
Strawberry picking dates
We will be open for u-pick strawberries Saturday morning (6/27) starting at 7 AM.
I have just came in from walking the fields. I think that there are several hundred quarts of ripe berries for tommorrow. If I am reading the plants right I see a simular amount of strawberries for each picking for the next 7- 10 days or so. There are still pretty many of green berries left. This coming week is the peak of the season. Set your expectations fairly low, the picking will never be good by normal standards anytime this year.
The wonderful taste of the berries that I ate as I walked through fields this evening is still lingering in my mouth. There is no picking on Monday June 29. We will be open for picking again on Wed. July 1st at 2pm. And Saturday July 4th at 7am. Daniel
We will open the strawberry fields for u-pick tommorow at 2 PM. In comparsion to last week the picking is better than it was. There are a lot more ripe berries but they are kind of small. It still is very bad picking in comparsion to normal. The next picking after tommorow is Saturday, starting at 7AM. Next week the picking times will repeat with no picking Monday, and open on Wednesday at 2 and Saturday at 7.
There is a lot of small berries in all stages of green. I expect to be picking for at least two more weeks with next week being somewhat better than this week but not ever real good. Daniel
It is summertime and we have been having lovely weather for the gardens. There is a nice amount of sun and plenty of rain with reasonable temps. The crops are growing noticeably overnight. The peas are ripening and I got a glimpse of the sweet corn tassels just forming down in the leaf whorl. The carrots and beans will be ready in a few weeks.
We still have lots of perfect lettuce, onions, radish, cucumbers, etc to make a really good salad for your supper. We will be opening for u-pick strawberries Wednesday at 2 pm. Picking conditions are still going to be fairly poor. I see more green berries that are sizing so I am hopeful of better picking conditions next week and the following week. Have a good day. Daniel
I walked the strawberry fields just now. There are only a few berries ready and big areas with nothing ripe. However, I do see a a lot of little berries that appear to be sizing nicely. These are 10 days -2 weeks off yet though and are from the later opening flowers. I am hopeful that they may amount to something.
We will open for u-pick tommorrow morning at 7 am. Do not expect to get more than a few quarts for fresh eating. What should be ready now was mostly lost due to the frost. The picking will remain bad through next week. We will not open for u-pick Monday. The next picking is Wednesday, June 24 at 2 pm. Daniel
U- pick Strawberries
We are opening the strawberry patches for u-pick this afternoon at 2 PM. The fields are behind our stand at 11 Needham road. The u-pick price this year is $1.40 per lb. The next picking times after today will be Saturday at 7 AM and then Wednesday June 24 at 2 PM again. There is no picking planned for Monday June 22.We had a lot of damage from the frost on Memorial day weekend. The picking conditions are very poor. You should only expect to get a few quarts today. The best patch is the one that is all the way in the back of the field. It is a fairly long walk back to it though. Daniel
Come and get it! We have lots of things to make a very good salad right now. Lettuce is at its prime, sweet, good and abundant. Green onions, salad mix, radish, kale…. its all hear and more. I have 6 tubs full of fine tomatoes and 5 tubs of beautiful cucumbers for today with more to be picked tommorrow. You can also order on the website.
The garlic scapes are ready. They are delicious and I also believe they make a good “spring tonic”. Eat lots of them. You can use them in any way that you would use garlic, just use more volume. My favorite way to fix them is to put them into a blender or food processer with a bit of oil or something like cucumber and salt and grind them fine.You can add anything that would go into a pesto or salsa if you wish. From that point it can be served on almost anykind of salad, meat, or starch food such as potatoes, pasta, or rice. They are also wonderful sauted with all sorts of vegetables, meat or starch foods.
We plan to open for the first u-pick strawberry day on Wednesday, June 17 at 2 PM. There will be a very limited amount of berries available. I do not want to hear complaining about how bad the picking is. Be thankful for what we have.
U-pick strawberry price is $1.40 per lb this year and I am offering sharepicking just as normal (pick 2 for me 1 for you) The berries that should have been for the eary- peak part of berry season were mostly lost in the freeze on Memorial day weekend; the later part of the season has a more potential. This rain is good for the late berries to size.
We will have some picked strawberries on the stand on an intermitant basis both from our patch and also from an Amish family that covered and saved there crop. We will label the source with the display. The first picking from their patch will be at our stand about midday today. Daniel
It is lovely to listen to more rain on the roof! I was just out working in the greenhouse. The weather is lovely in the greenhouse. I just picked 5 pails of beautiful zucchini from our greenhouse. This is the last week for asparagus till next year.
We are starting to see some ripening strawberries already. We should be picking by next week. It looks as if we will have a small amount of strawberries at a time, spread over a long time. What should be the peak of the season will be empty because of the frost damage. The apple and pear trees have lots of nice little fruit on them. We may need to eat less strawberries and more apples this year.
It is raining!!! This is wonderful as without rain we would not grow food. Here we have had about 15% of the normal rainfall in April and May. I had used about half of the water in the pond already. I have never seen it this dry in May before. So if you are going to complain about the rain today- You probably should not complain to a produce farmer.
We have piles of green onions. The cucumbers and tomatoes are getting more plenty. It is still asparagus season yet. I will be stopping the asparagus harvest soon as the plants have been stressed by the heat and drought. The strawberries look dismal but I do see some sizing fruit and the later flowers are blooming and look nice. The beets, chard and field lettuce all look good and will be on the stand soon. And do pause for a moment to thank God for giving us rain. Daniel
Frost on the strawbeeries
We are starting to pick a few tomatoes and cucumbers. At this point the supply is still very small. We have lots of kale, green onions etc.
We had a hard frost-freeze on Saturday morning. If a strawberry flower gets frost they still keep on blooming for the next week or so with their pretty white petals but the little yellow center turns dark or black. These flowers will never make a berry. At this point it looks to me as if we lost 85- 95% of this years strawberry crop. The damage was about the same on the parts of the field that I attempted to save with irrigation water and the areas that I did nothing. It was just to cold and the sprinklers made a huge amount of ice and the flowers still froze. I do not know if the apple crop is OK or not yet. I think the raspberry crop is unaffected as they bloom later. Most of the rest of the vegetable crops are either OK or can be replanted with only miner delays. It was that cold that I even had some frost damage on the outer rows of tomatoes at the one end of a tightly closed greenhouse. To have this cold, this late, is rare as I have never seen this hard of a freeze this late here.
We went down to Pa over the weekend for my grandmothers funeral. She was born in 1923 and has been a widow since 1968. She left behind over 300 of us grandchildren, great grandchildren, even some great great grandchildren. In some sense it is the end of an era for us. Grandmas house was always there- Daniel