Week 11: July 20-26

bzzzzzz!

bzzzzzz!

The King Sunflower

The Queen Sunflower

Yet another week has flown past, as the summer barrels onward. We spent a lot of time harvesting all of the usual suspects, as the zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes continue to produce in the triple digits several times a week. We also got the first taste of a few longer-season crops, as we took the first harvests of potatoes, onions, and garlic. We will be harvesting much greater volumes of all these crops next week though.

The skeleton of the new greenhouse

The skeleton of the new greenhouse

New biggest blueberry?

New biggest blueberry?

Calendula and Nasturtiums for the salad mix

Calendula and Nasturtiums for the salad mix

The sunflowers are also producing prodigiously, and we are keeping on top of the blueberries as well. In a few down moments, we squeezed in transplanting the fall kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cauliflower, and also did some greenhouse transplanting. We finished a big task in completing the hand weeding of the parsnips, which were pretty well buried in pigweed and grass, but are doing much better now. The two of us also spent two afternoons stringing up all of the field tomatoes, which were flopping all over and really needed it.

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Field tomatoes

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On Friday, we took some time off of harvesting to come inside and make salsa! Tim and Suzanne sell salsa made from all on-farm ingredients at the Norwich market and also to their shareholders. We made 44 pints of salsa…. basically three of the largest pots in the house! It was nice to chop up four heads of garlic, but a little tough on the eyes to chop the 10 onions that went into salsa.

Salsa!

Salsa!

Helpful farm dog

Helpful farm dog

We had a wonderful weekend as well. We kicked it off by visiting the Sable Project, a nearby artists residency where Lily lives and works. Sable has a big garden with a small CSA, and Friday nights they host their CSA pickup, wood-fire-pizza-baking party, and performance art. We caught a very interesting dance performance and hung out around the campfire. On Saturday, after a very successful farmer’s market, we drove south to Massachusetts to spend Saturday night and Sunday morning eating, dancing, and chatting with several of Sidney’s friends from Hampshire.

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Thank you so much to friends and family who donated to the Vermont Food Bank for our bike ride!!!

-Brian

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Week 11: July 20-26

  1. How I love your farm reports! I realize those sunflowers grew in Vermont, but for me, they are still Kansas sunflowers. More on the picture of the dog? What was the bike ride for the Food Bank? Love to you both, Grandma Dorothy

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