This week you are getting red potatoes, red onions, Golden Beets, summer squash, cucumbers, Lemon Cucumbers, broccoli, green bell peppers, green beans, tomatoes, orange honeydew, muskmelon and both Moon & Stars and Charleston Gray watermelon. Peaches next week!
Please save your seeds from these two watermelons; they are heirlooms. Simply rinse them off in a strainer, lay them out on a paper towel and put them in a paper envelope when dry. Do not put them in plastic, they will mold and will have to be thrown away.
We are picking everything that is good enough to give out. (So much has been ruined!) We do not know how long this will last or how much you will receive in the future. Know this; we are doing our best and care deeply about you and the farm.
Update: We had to pick all the watermelon off the vines this last week. The vines died and we were afraid they may suck the moisture out of the melons. So we got them all picked and decided to give them all out this week. This will be the last week for watermelon. The jury is still out on the honeydew and muskmelon.
Those plants that still had some leaves on them look like they may try to recover. The problem is that all the fruit (tomatoes, peppers etc.) are exposed to the sun. This may cause sunburn; spots that will not ripen or turn black and dry up.
All the root crops that were mature will be fine. The later plantings are sparse because they were beaten to the ground. The green beans surprised us! Beans were scheduled to pick this week, but we didn’t know if they would survive. We were able to pick those beans! The next planting won’t produce for 3 or 4 weeks but have put on flowers. It looks like we will get beans periodically throughout the rest of the summer!
I know this sounds crazy after receiving 3 inches of rain, but after a hail storm the plants are very stressed out and they have to be watered. So Jerry is putting in long hours setting water. He is also planting lettuce and radishes to give out later in the season.
Four miles away the storm was ferocious! Our Ditch Rider came by and said those farms received one foot of hail and 5 inches of rain. Alfalfa fields that were ready to cut were mowed to the ground by the storm and looked like they had been harvested. Bodies of water stood everywhere and in their centers were islands of hail two feet deep! I guess a small tornado went by as well. Ugh! I am so glad we didn’t get that!
I guess it goes to show that you have to count your blessings even on the worst of days!
Jacquie, Jerry, Kyle and Alaina
**Just a reminder – Final produce fees are due Sept 1st. Statements will go out just as soon as possible!**