Today’s share contains: basil, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cipollini onions, lettuce, chard and a delicata squash. It’s the final summer share and the weather is really emphasizing the change in season. The cool weather has really slowed the tomatoes down, and really everything is growing noticeably slower these days. I’m happy that we have one more round of basil to emphasize that this is still a summer share. A marker of the season change, is our transition from summer squash to winter squash, about a week or two earlier than usual. It was a decent winter squash year so we should have various varieties in the shares for the first part of the fall season.
Today we took advantage of what might be the last of our rain free streak. Allison pulled down the dying cucumber plants in the hoop house and started hanging the popcorn and polenta corn to dry. We’ll be continuing to scramble to get ready for rain this weekend, hanging as much corn as possible, picking dry beans and moving the winter squash under cover.
Regular followers here might notice that the backdrop for the share photo is different today. Unfortunately we showed up to the farm this morning to discover that someone had thoroughly smashed our spray table where I usually take the photo. They had also smashed a few vegetables, and littered the farm with pink marshmallows. Never a dull moment. Fortunately it only took us about 30 minutes to clean up most of the mess and once I get more nails the bench top should be quick to replace. I could be completely off here, but it feels to me, for better and worse, the farm has become a bit of a refuge for more folks with no other places to go during the pandemic.