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August 19, 2018

This Week's Share

We're hoping to start digging our potatoes this week! We have never quite had our potato systems to a point where we are satisfied and every year we make changes to how we grow them. This year we finally feel like we may have gotten somewhere and may see some good results, but we'll have to wait and see when we get the digger in the ground and see what comes out. Digging potatoes is a little bit like buried treasure and exciting when you get nice sized abundant spuds. We'll be starting with the red potatoes which are fantastic boiled, roasted and mashed.

We're starting to see our peppers coloring up and so you will start to see beautiful reds and yellows in the share room. We love colored pepper season, so tasty and sweet!

Our second summer squash and zuke planting is finally winding down (we feel like we've been picking it forever! Such hardy plants this year!) the next planting has suffered from all the excessive moisture, so quanitities will be more limited now. We are hoping to maybe see some cukes off the new planting. We are so greatful for the break in heat and humidity (I think everyone was about ready to keel over on Friday) but it will probably slow the ripening of the summer crops considerably.

Recipe of the Week: 

Potato Bomb

Ingredients: 

A couple lbs potatoes depending on how many you are feeding
a drizzle of olive oil
salt
pepper
onions
garlic
herbs (some good ones include thyme, parsley, oregano)
bacon or salami, if desired

Directions: 

Heat your grill to medium high.Chop potatoes into small cubes. Chop onions and garlic. Mix together in bowl with herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil and mix until well coated. Throw in some meat if desired, or experiment with other ingredients (sauerkraut is good, or red peppers). Pour potato mixture on to a sheet of tin foil big enough to fold over and fold the edges to make a closed pouch. Place on grill and roast for 15 minutes, then flip. Roast for about 15 minutes more and then check. If potatoes are tender and browned, then its ready!

Credit: 
Kerry's friend Scotti Goss grew up with her mom making "bombs"

Living in summer, turning towards fall

Sometimes ya gotta do what you gotta do.
Sometimes ya gotta do what you gotta do.

Dear Friends,

We have finally come to terms with it. Every day this summer, one way or another, we’re going to get soaked. Whether it’s soaked by rain picking tomatoes in a down pour on Monday, or sweating through our shirts harvesting melons in the blazing heat on Thursday. On one hand, we’re a little bit tired of it. On the other hand, what are you going to do? We have embraced the sogginess and have just moved on to accepting changing our clothes every few hours and doing laundry every other day as a part of our daily lives.

 

Late August is one of those pivotal times of transition on the farm. We are still reveling in summers full glory. Picking tons of tomatoes, melons and peppers. While we’re living in the summer, our minds are certainly turned towards the fall. We’ve been busy planting the fall brassicas and storage roots. We’re thinking about cover crops for the fall and winter. This duality of living in one stage, while thinking about the next is a common occurrence on the farm. It is rare that we can ever be totally present in what we’re doing. We always have to have that watchful eye on the horizon, anticipating what is to come next. The fall is approaching fast, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

 

I had a very large seeding of fall greens, spinach and radishes to do this week. We do all of our direct seeding with our Allis Chalmers G tractor. This is a tractor that was built in the 1940’s. It is a very unique piece of equipment because the engine sits in the back, behind the driver so that you can see what you’re doing. The implement is mounted on the belly of the tractor instead of the back. Our Allis Chalmers G is even more interesting than all that. A few years ago, following instructions from the internet, Kerry's dad Larry did an electric conversion on our tractor, replacing the gasoline engine with an electric golf cart motor. This got rid of so many of the mechanical issues that plague a 70 year old engine. We have been very very happy with our electric G and use it all the time.

 

 Well this week it was a bigger seeding than I thought and I guess our electric tractor hadn’t been fully charged. For whatever reason, I found myself running out of power. I had a few more beds of purple top turnips and watermelon radishes to seed and with more rain on the way and no way to quickly recharge the batteries, I decided to push it. One downside to the electric tractor is you can’t just bring a tank of power out to the tractor in the field and keep going.

 

About 15% of the way through the last bed it was clear I wasn’t going to make it. I didn’t even think I could make it out of the field. A brief moment of panic set in, before I remembered the wonders of diesel engines, chains and the fact that all our tractors fit on our bed spacing. I fired up our trusty John Deere and brought it around to the front of the G. Than with a chain hooked up and Anthony steering and watching the seeders I pulled the G down the bed the rest of the way. Seeding purple top turnips as we towed the tractor to the trailer. All in all it worked as well as I could have hoped it would.

 

 We saved enough juice in the batteries to get the tractor back on the trailer, everything got seeded and Anthony got his first taste of tractor driving. All in all I would say it worked out pretty well. Not bad for a day's work.

 

 

Your farmers,


Anthony, Chris, Erica, Hannah, Holly, Kerry, Larry and Max

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