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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 6.17.15

Posted 6/17/2015 5:57pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

It’s been a while since I have taken the time to write and update you on the farm. I have really struggled as of late to just take the time to write a few paragraphs and let you know what’s going on. Well this morning I went to the dentist for a root canal. Never fun, but done now, that coupled with an evening rain shower has given me a break and some time to write.

The weather has continued to play havoc. We are still running behind on some major plantings due to the timing of significant rainfalls. We have yet been able to get our sweet potatoes, sweet corn, watermelons, and winter squash planted. We had just gotten the fields worked up about 2 weeks ago and then got slammed with a 1.5 of rain and it has seemed to rain a little just about every day since. We now have about a 2 week window to get them in or forget about those crops for the year as it will run them too late into the fall to mature before frost. We are really close and with just a little dry time I think we can get it done. On the flip side the rains have helped the crops we have planted. Potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and summer squash are all looking pretty good right now. We have green tomatoes the size of tennis balls right now with tons of smaller ones and blooms on the plants. Early potatoes are blooming meaning they are setting potatoes in the ground so it won’t be too long for them. Garlic is shooting out their scapes meaning that we should be digging up garlic bulbs in about a month.

This year’s farm crew is settling in nicely and starting to learn the ropes. Chip who has been with us now for 3 years has been solid as a rock and really leading the 2 newbie’s Katelyn, and Colton. Combined we have really been able to keep up with most of the critical stuff but the weeds may be starting to get an upper edge with all the moisture.

In your shares this week you will find some great veggie’s for snacking raw or fixing up a stir fry. This week you will receive zucchini (see this week’s recipe), kale (last of the season till fall), snow peas (great for snacking raw or stir fry), garlic scapes (check out our web site for some great recipes) green onions, lettuce mix, and everyone should receive a cucumber they have just begun to ripen.

Have a great weekend, Jim

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