It seems as though the season is moving along at such a quick pace. It's already the second week of July! Cooler weather crops have come and gone, and we are settling surely into the summertime. We are nearing the end of greenhouse seeding for the season (just two weeks left!)...thus closing the spring and looking ahead to the fall as we start to plant autumnal brassicas. I was amazed, standing in the field the other afternoon with Erinn and Anna as we checked on the recently transplanted broccoli seedlings: they're taking root so fast!
The crew seems to be mimicking that rooting behavior. Last week we welcomed a fourth field crew member Andre to the team and it feels like we are really hummin' now. The jokes and camaraderie are as plentiful as the harvest. We've enjoyed fresh cucumber popsicles made by Stacey, and ended one Friday with an intense race to plant celery. We split into two teams, and among all of us we planted two 200' beds in under fifteen minutes! Imagine eight sweaty farmers at the end of their week, bent over planting, yelling, laughing, and moving faster than tractors, all within inches of each other. Strategizing, competition and motivation were at an all-time high. It was neck and neck to the end and totally incredible. And, in case you were wondering, my team won...
Despite the dry weather, the farm looks lush right now. The squash and zucchini plants are deep green and huge, and I've never seen such consistently beautiful lettuce. Both our Lyman and Weston fields are in the groove as well, and the potato plants are up to my knees! Some highlights of the past week have felt like benchmarks. Dan and Erinn finished tying the first round of tomatoes, and we began the garlic harvest last week. I won't say too much, but it's coming out of the ground and looking impressive. The flower field is blooming and every day I fall more in love with the snapdragons. We are watering nonstop. I must say I am feeling the full strength of July now.
As we make our way into another warm week, I remind myself of the ebb and flow of this work. There are patterns and rhythms, joys and frustrations. Sweltering days and moments of reprieve. It seems as though we are finding our stride now. Erinn asked me the other day what my favorite thing to do on the farm is... I simply can't choose. Since April, I have learned so much about farming, and while our days follow a pattern, there's always something new, whether it be a small victory or an interesting challenge. The first harvest of the morning is always my favorite and I hope you enjoy it on your plates as much as I enjoy harvesting it from the field.
Until next time ~ Janelle, for the crew