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July 31, 2020

This Week's Share

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We are watching the weather with regards to the tropical storm. We are planning to go ahead as normal for Tuesday but may need to close earlier depending on how the stoirm tracks. If we need to change anything, I will email you and post it on our website and facebook.

Salem Boxed Share notes: 

We are watching the weather with regards to the tropical storm. We are planning to go ahead as normal but may need to close earlier depending on how the storm tracks. If we need to change anything, I will email you and post it on our website and facebook.

Small shares will get cantaloupes, regular and large will get watermelons and cantaloupes.


The first of the field tomatoes are ready. lots of tasty cherry tomatoes of all colors and sorts They are so good for snacking, cooking or salads. Coming along with those will be tomatillos and our plum tomatoes, great for sauces and salsas.

As you can tell, our lettuce is not loving the heat and humidity. Its more of a cooler weather crop. We grow varieties that tolerate summer temperatures somewhat but when it gets really hot, they just don't like life much. It should come around soon and there will be nice lettuce again, but for now amounts may be somewhat limited.

The cantaloupes are starting to come in. They are ripening a little unevenly but we should have plenty. Hopefully, a ton will ripen up on Monday before the rains, which dilute their sweetness. Next up for melons is oiur big pink  Crimson sweet's.

Recipe of the Week: 

Salsa Fresca

  • 3-4 tomatoes
  • a bunch of cilantro
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime
  • salt

Finely chop the tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro and combine. Squeeze lime into it and salt it until the desired limey saltiness is reached.


Sweating (in) the small stuff

Little carrots
Our freshly weeded baby carrots

Dear Friends,


It’s finally August and it certainly feels like it. Everything is happening at once. We intentionally missed last weeks plantings to focus on trying to get all the weeds out of the storage carrots before the carrots are totally buried. The melons are rolling in and the onions are begging to be pulled from the field. We just finished pulling in our first round of bulk carrots and beets and now the next round and ready to be brought in. Our final round of storage carrots have germinated nicely but are also going to need a weeding soon. And now it looks like we are in for a deluge of rain and a tropical storm. We’re anxiously watching the weather right now trying to get any sense of what this storm is going to bring. Hopefully it will track away from us and we won’t bare the brunt of it.


As much as we try and take care of our weeds with tractor cultivation, sometimes we will need to get down in the dirt and do a big weeding job. That was very much the case for this week. We have figured out that by transplanting our beets, we barely have to touch them with our hands, just the finger weeders and a tractor. Similarly the finger weeders have completely alleviated us from having to weed the broccoli or kale. This is fortunate because we have yet to figure out a way to avoid weeding the carrots. Carrots must be direct seeded, they can’t be transplanted. They germinate slowly which allows us the potential for a flame weeding (using a torch to burn up any weeds that germinate before the carrots) but even with the basket weeder and a flame we still find ourselves needing to weed them by hand if we want a crop.


From afar crawling seems like it might be an easier job. You’re on the ground, sitting or squatting or kneeling. You’re not moving too fast and you can chat. Very soon you realize that all of the possible positions for your body have their draw backs. Your wrist starts to hurt. Your eyes cross staring at the small plants and the beds seem to stretch for miles. We weeded a half acre of carrots this week (crawling over a mile!)and it took it’s toll on all of us. We seed our storage carrots in two successions to divide the work and make the weeding more bearable. Within a week or so we will have another 2/3 of an acre to weed but for now we have a brief respite from that particular job.


I spend a lot of my time focusing on the bigger picture issues on the farm. I kill a lot of weeds but I do a lot of that from the tractor. I do a lot of planning and preparing. Making sure beds are prepped for planting. Making sure equipment is working and ready for various harvest activities. There are times when I can really enjoy the simple, straight forward drudgery of a day of hand weeding. Being able to chat idly and pull weeds makes me reminisce of countless hours that I have spent on my hands and knees crawling crops with various farm crews. I have worked for and with a lot of different people over the years. I have had passionate arguments about whether or not 1989 by Taylor Swift is one of the greatest albums ever (I said yes and I still do). I have played word games and weeded in silence. Socially distanced weeding is different. The capacity for a crew wide conversation isn’t there. It’s quieter and like so many things this season it is just another change we have had to get used to. 


Now that we’re watching the tropics and thinking about this approaching storm I once again am thinking big picture and can no longer escape into the small details of the carrot weeding.  


Your farmers,


Anya, Bonnie, Erica, Hannah, Jordan, Kerry, Larry, Marycia, Max and Tori

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