There’s no denying it now, summer is here in full force. The tomatoes ripening on the vine have made a most welcome addition to the share this past week, and it looks like there’s gonna be more on the way. The eggplant showed up a few weeks ago and now it looks like the sweet peppers are going to join in on the fun. We’ve fully moved on from our spring crops and are enjoying the best of what summer has to offer. T
We don’t spend a lot of time stopping and smelling the roses on the farm in July. It’s a rare day indeed when we pause to contemplate the infinite. This week New Horizons, NASA’s space probe, passed within a few thousand miles of Pluto and captured some stunning pictures. I am absolutely in awe of the thought, planning and intelligence that must go into sending something on a journey that spans over 9 years and billions of miles.
A bit of rain, a bit of sun. A few hours of blazing heat, a cloud covered chilly morning. This past week was a total roller coaster ride when it came to temperature and preparing for the day. Nevertheless we moved on, ever forward, and planted our first succession of fall brassicas. Over 10,000 little kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower plants went into the ground this week.
With the first week of July finally here in all it’s blazing, red, white and blue glory we have hit a pivotal turning point on the farm. While the rest of the country prepared for fireworks, looking forward to a holiday weekend, here on the farm, we were busy getting ready for the fall. Yep, you read that right, fall.
Our flower fields are bursting with beautiful blossoms of all shades and shapes. Our in house designer Mary turns our flowers into beautiful creations to brighten your or a loved ones day or bring a touch of elegance to a special day.
Bouquets are available during our summer CSA hours, Tuesdays and Fridays 2-7. The general public is welcome to purchase bouquets on these days. They are also available at the Willimantic Food Co-op and Fiddleheads Food Co-ops and delivered Wednesday mornings.
Give the gift of good food and health this holiday season. We now have gift certificates available that can be used for the purchase of a CSA share, our produce at the winter and summer Coventry Farmers Market, and our grassfed beef.
Here at Provider Farm, we believe everyone should have access to good, fresh food. That's why we've worked with some friends to get our excess produce to those who can use it. We currently donate hundreds of pounds of organic produce a week to the New London Food bank. We are also excited to be working with the Norwich Public Schools to get fresh vegetables into kids meals!