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!

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potato flowers

Farm Update July 9, 2016

We are back at it after a short mid-summer break. I hope you had a great 4th of July holiday.

We’ve had some decent amounts of rain over the last ten days and the plants are growing apace. Of course the weeds are also growing like crazy. I spent much of yesterday weeding with some volunteer helpers while Sam and Steve harvested produce.

Our summer squash plants are producing pounds and pounds of zucchini, flying saucer patty pan and Benning’s green tint patty pan squash. The cucumber plants are finally fruiting; we trellised the plants yesterday and picked a few early cukes – we will have these at the market within 2 weeks.

If you are a user of social media, you may be interested to know that SouthWinds Farm now has a Facebook page and we are also posting on Instagram @southwindsfarmaz.

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Sam and Steve picking purple beans
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Bennings green tint squash
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Squash blossoms on the zucchini plant