Farm Update June 10, 2017

We had a fairly hot week out here at the farm, but there was a very light shower late Wednesday afternoon – no significant accumulation, but it cooled things down a bit and settled the dust for a few hours. The dry lightning associated with the storms also started some fires around here. To the east we can see the smoke from the Lizard Fire in the daytime and the flames at night. The fire is about 10 miles east of us.

I just received notice that our shade cloth order is waiting for pick up at the shipping terminal in Tucson. So we will be putting the new shade cloth on the high tunnel next week. This will create a cooler environment for all the crops under the high tunnel ñ tomatoes, chiles, peppers, cucumbers and summer squash.

As you can see in the images, the potato plants are blooming; this means the plants are starting to form the tubers. We will be harvesting tasty Kennebec spuds soon!

The zucchini and patty pan squash plants are also blooming, so we will also soon have zukes and patty pan at the market.

And —> the purple bush bean plants are loaded with flowers, so the beans are on the way.

We’ll see you this Sunday at the market and Monday at our Green Valley/Sahuarita CSA drop off.

Thank you for supporting local, sustainable agriculture!

squash blossoms
potato flowers

Farm Update January 14, 2017

We are harvesting rapidly this morning, trying to stay ahead of the rain predicted to start this afternoon. I hope the rain doesn’t keep our customers away from the farmers’ market. We will be there!

On Thursday we planted many Iitoi’s onion bulbs, so you should be seeing them in the markets in a couple months. We haven’t had them in awhile, so I will be excited to have them available again.

We are seeing a lot of javalina activity at the farm. It started about a month ago and has been increasing. They can’t get into our field because it is fenced, but they have been visiting every night and last night they knocked over one trash barrel and scattered trash everywhere. It is definitely time for a more secure trash can.

next succession of hakurei almost ready
broccoli starting to form heads
red russian kale