It’s been another busy week around here. We had a new crew member start with us this week for the fall and we are very excited! In a couple of weeks when school starts, it will be like an exodus around here. About two-thirds of the crew will disappear as they go back to school. We always hate to see them go!
This weekend was the Dwight Czech Festival! Which means after markets were finished, we loaded up two of the little tractors and took them to town. The Pekarek family worked the games tent for the church during the day on Sunday. Then on Sunday evening, we drove our little tractors through the parade! If you’ve ever been through a small town parade, you know that most floats throw out a little bit of candy. But for those of you that made it to the Czech festival, you know that we like to throw out veggies – This year it was carrots, zucchini and water balloons.
Even with the cool off in weather, irrigation has been key over the last week. Most of the crops are looking pretty good. Yellow squash and zucchini have been producing like crazy, which is great! Unfortunately, there’s just too much this year to get moved, so we disked up some of the zucchini this week.
On the other side, this is one of the slowest tomato years we’ve ever had for production! We always say that tomatoes for us, are like a marathon, not a sprint. We aren’t usually the first ones around with tomatoes, but we will have them for the long haul. Unfortunately, the four or five hails we had earlier in the season, the hot snaps and cold snaps, and any number of critters slowed everything down and knocked out several plants. They are starting to make the turn for the better now.
Beets are producing like gang busters, so if you are looking to can or pickle some beets, now is the time to call Ryan. Pickling cucumbers are doing great too. In a couple of weeks, we will have them coming out our ears. Be sure to call Ryan for pickling cucumbers in bulk!
All in all, it’s been a good week on the farm. We hope this translates to a good week for all of you as well. Happy CSA Day!
Ryan Katie and Crew
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