Farm Update September 9th, 2016

THIS WEEK’S HARVEST:

*Arugula $2.50/bag
Butternut Squash $1.50/lb
Carrots $3.00/quart or $2.50/bunch
Cherry Tomatoes $3.50/pint
Eggs $3.00/half dozen
Eggplant (limited quantity) $3.00/lb
Garlic $1.00/bulb
Green Beans $3.00/quart
Lettuce $2.00/head
Leeks $1.00/each
Summer Squash $1.50/lb
Sweet Peppers $4.00/lb
Hot peppers $.50/each
Tomatoes 3.50/lb
Watermelon $5.00/each
Herbs $1.50/bunch (may include basil, sage, oregano, thyme, lavender, mint, chives, etc.)
Raw Honey from the bees on the property $14 for a 12 oz. jar
Flower Bouquets – $5.00/small
*new to market this week.

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Today, I went and picked up seeds for cover cropping. Cover cropping is extremely beneficial to the fields – they prevent soil erosion, decrease the weed seed’s ability to germinate, and some also fix nitrogen into the soil. Growing produce takes a lot from the soil. Over time, the soil does get depleted of its nutrients and it is critical that we replenish the soil’s health as we enjoy it’s giving.
Planting these crops requires planning and strategizing. One thinks long term into the next growing season – thinking about which cover crops are winter-kill (the ones that will not come back in the spring time) and which are not and how to plan for which one goes where in the field. I have to plants these seeds no later than the begining of October – that is not a lot of time. This is going to be a busy month. I will post an update on how these seeds germinate in a few weeks. I am hoping the weather cooperates and we have a successful cover cropping experience.

I hope that you are eating well!

your farmer,
Kripa

A Little Something Else

The Outstretched Earth
BY Jane Meade

Do you know what whole fields are?
They are fields with a dog and a moon.
Do you know the answer — for the many?

Except there would be vineyards.
Meaning there would, as usual, be commerce.
Money, and a game of sorts to play it.

Meanwhile — Emma lost in the cover-crop.
Top of her head bobbing through mustard-flower.
It is, after all, still here —

The real world, the outstretched earth,
Rain, soil, copper for pennies.