All the recent rain has given me time to catch up on a little reading.
First some good news. We grow 6 of the 7 Fruits and Vegetables that Reverse the Signs of Aging. That alone would be a good reason to join the farm! To see for myself how well eating these vegetables reverses aging I dug up a couple pictures from last season – one of me at the beginning of the season and the other at the end of the season – and put them side-by-side to show the subtle changes. You might have to look closely to see the difference but I think it is still pretty remarkable.
How about more good news? Farming has dropped to 8th in the “Most Dangerous Jobs in the US” list! I feel safer already! You probably didn’t realize how much we were risking our lives every day to bring you the freshest, most delicious produce available. The last time I read a similar report farmers were 4th on the list. Moving down four spots is a huge relief! And since we can now reverse the signs of aging, survival has become even more desirable!
Enough of the good news, let’s get to news about the farm. Right now we are in a holding pattern. With all the rain we’ve had the last few days the ground is pretty saturated which prevents us from farming (but lessens our anxiety now that we realize how risky farming is). We have 1000’s of plants waiting patiently to be transplanted. Hopefully we can get a few dry days this week to get them all in. Then it can start raining again (just not so much all at once).
To date we have planted – in no particular order – snow peas, snap peas, carrots, parsnips, radishes, cilantro, potatoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, summer squash, zucchini, leeks, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, kale, summer cabbage, fall cabbage, red cabbage, lettuce, flowers, oregano, parsley, thyme, red beets, golden beets, bok choi, broccoli, kohlrabi, fennel and melons. Phew, I’m exhausted just writing all of this! For the most part they are looking reasonably well. The plants that were planted before the freeze followed by the 96 degrees have lost many of their leaves but they are growing new leaves. Hopefully they will recover well and produce acceptable veggies. The plants we planted just before the rain look great. A few potatoes are rising from the earth, not as many as I would hope by now but we only planted them a few weeks ago. We will keep our fingers crossed.
Recruiting is going quite well. We have the equivalent of nine FamilyShares left. If you know anyone who is thinking of joining tell them to get moving. And thank you to everyone who referred someone to us. We appreciate the support!
A reminder that payments for your shares are past due unless you made arrangements with us for a payment plan.
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We have free-range chicken eggs available on the farm!