News from the Field at Harvest Tide

The business and life of running a farm is intricate work - a balancing of many priorities, challenges, and adventures.  We believe that part of the benefit of any CSA should be access to the daily practices and hard decisions that combined make a farm business viable and sustainable.  

Spring into summer with a little rain...

 

The hot weather and now the rain have catapulted things forward, just in time for the start of CSA deliveries.  Read on for a full update about what's going on at the farm, and information about the approaching CSA start dates!

Brussels sprouts seedlings take off after being transplanted.

Brussels sprouts seedlings take off after being transplanted.

Melon seedlings grow in the greenhouse before being transplanted out in just a few weeks.

Melon seedlings grow in the greenhouse before being transplanted out in just a few weeks.


What a crazy spring to follow an intense winter.  About 3 weeks ago, the temperatures climbed and we've been dealing with almost summer heat since.  The warm weather and lack of rain until now, have made some tasks on the farm easier - we've been grateful to be able to turn and prep the ground for the crazy planting marathon that is May and June easily and without too much of a hiccup.  The low moisture has also helped keep weeds to a minimum (until now) allowing us to focus on planting and infrastructure projects.   While we'll be harvesting all summer long, most of what we harvest gets planted before July, making May and June feel like endless rows of transplanting.  Thousands of broccoli, cabbage, and caulflower have been planted in succession, before we even harvest our first head.  All of the parsnips went in weeks ago and are just starting to spread their first leaves.  And this week over 2,000 sweet potato slips (mini-vines that will produce the tubers) will get planted and none of this will be harvested for months!  Above is a picture of out brussels sprouts which will grow from these beautiful seedinglings into tall bushes that will reach my hip.

On the infrastructure front, we're deep into building our wash station, Eric and one of our crew members laid the gravel, and just this weekend we poured concrete and laid the foundation.  This week we'll build up all the water infrastructure and tanks, and come next week we'll be ready to wash and pack your veggies!

As we begin to harvest, the work we do takes on another layer - we move beyond planning into holding the fruits of all our efforts in our hands.  With this shift, it means our workload increases further as the planting, weeding, and daily management will be squeezed into the hours we're not harvesting and delivering.  We're excited to take this step in our season, and share with you what we've been working on so far.