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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.10.16

Posted 8/10/2016 6:19pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

As I’m writing this newsletter the farm is getting a much needed drink of water. Even though there has been rain in the area the past 2 weeks most of it has skirted around the farm. After enjoying a pleasant past weekend the farm crew has suffered through another hot sticky week. Everyone seems to be holding up well with hopes that this weather pattern we are in has to break sometime soon. Farm clean up is starting to take priority over many other chores right now. It never seizes to amaze me how we can have the farm looking so good in the early months of summer every year only to watch it slip into what appears to be total despair by August. When I say despair I am mainly talking about the weeds and mowing and the aesthetic of the farm,  most of our crops are continuing to do well. We have several large field plantings of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash.  These crops can only be weeded and cultivated up to certain point. Sweet potatoes and squash both have many vines and at some point we just have to let the weeds go after the plants are strong enough to survive and we can no longer get equipment over the vines without doing damage. Little by little we will start to harvest these crops and will be able to clean the fields up before fall. We have started to harvest our main crop potatoes for winter storage and soon those fields will be sowed to a cover crop to protect and feed the soil through the fall and winter months. All in all, the farm is doing pretty well this year. I just hate when we get too busy to mow and keep up with the appearance of the farm. We’ll catch a breather soon and get the opportunity to put things back in order just in time for fall,  one of my favorite seasons.

In your shares this week: Fingerling potatoes a very nice small gold fleshed potato. Green beans, these are the variety called Jade which are dark green, crisp and flavorful (see this week’s recipe for southern style green beans).  Of course you will receive tomatoes, Mesclun salad mix and a few summer onions.

Enjoy, Jim

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