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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.16.17

Posted 8/16/2017 7:17pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi All,
It seems the summer weather has returned the past 2 days. The heat and humidity have been up for sure. I was really getting used to those 80 degree days and really liking the 55 degree mornings. I guess it is still summer after all. We could use some rain at the farm it has been 4 weeks now since any significant rain fall. We dug potatoes today and the dirt had no sign of moisture in it at all. Myself and the farm crew have been moving irrigation hoses and lines around like crazy. Getting new crops to germinate has been really difficult. I always find it amazing that our crops won’t grow without water but the lack of water sure doesn’t stop the weeds from growing. We have been so busy harvesting, mostly tomatoes, that we haven’t mowed in several weeks. I suppose it’s like this every year. We always seem to get it cleaned back up in the fall. Fall can’t come soon enough for me. It’s my favorite season of the year.

Planted this week: We started our winter carrot plantings. This is a fairly large undertaking for us. We grow and sell a lot of carrots through the winter months and we have about a 3 week window to get them planted and germinated in order to have them for winter. Also planted were fall salad greens.

In your shares: It’s Ratatouille time. In your share you will have Egg Plant, Zucchini, Green Bell Peppers, and Tomatoes. See this week’s recipe for Classic Ratatouille. Also in your share you will have Magic Molly purple fingerling Potatoes. These are new for us this year. They are a gourmet potato kind of small and oblong shaped. These have a deep purple skin and flesh. Very good roasted. Lettuce mix will round out the share this week.
Enjoy,
Jim

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