Farm Update May 21, 2016

It is going to be a delicious season this round. The images show some of the tasty vegetables and fruit that you will see in your shares.

I saw the first tomato yesterday. The plants really took off growing this week. Our newest farmer-in-training, Stephen, spent some hours pruning the plants yesterday, removing the suckers below the first set of flowers and all the branches touching the ground. Now those plants are primed to grow and provide us a bounty of mouth-watering plum tomatoes. I can’t wait!

The blackberry plants are loaded with fruit, exceeding my expectations for this season. This will only be the second harvest from these brambles. Last year we picked about 35 pounds – well, we picked a lot more, but many were eaten right off the vine. Anyway, we had 35 pounds that went to the market and nearly all went to our CSA members; there just weren’t enough to sell at the market. This year it looks like we might harvest 100 pounds ! That’s a lot of cobbler, jam, ice cream sauce, fruit compote!

The potatoes, variety Colorado Rose, are growing very rapidly now. Many of them have flower buds almost ready to open. That means we will soon be able to steal a few baby new potatoes from the plants. Those baby new potatoes won’t make it to the market (we will scarf them down at the farm), but as soon as the new potatoes are ready to harvest, they will be showing up in CSA shares and at the markets.

The red cabbage is heading up – a few will make it to the market tomorrow and Wednesday.

The Rainbow Swiss chard plants have finally taken off. To my eye, this is one of the most beautiful plants we grow.

Okay, I need to get back out into the field. There is still lots to plant and a big harvest to get in before the sun goes down.

Rainbow Swiss chard
Rainbow Swiss chard
Red cabbage
Red cabbage
Blackberries
Blackberries
The first tomato
The first tomato
Colorado Rose potato plants
Colorado Rose potato plants

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