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From the fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8.17.2016

Posted 8/17/2016 7:20pm by Jim Baughman.

Hi Folks,

Rain rain go away. Who would ever think you would hear me say that in the middle of August. Typically I would be praying for rain during August but so far this week we have received almost 6” of rain. All plants need water but too much water to fast can actually smother the roots of plants stunting their growth and sometimes even killing them if doesn’t dry out. No field work this week.

Actually the rainy overcast days gave us the opportunity to clean the old tomato plants out of the high tunnels. Cleaning tomatoes out of the high tunnels is not one of the better jobs on the farm. It is usually hot, there are rotten tomatoes to deal with, and the plants always stain everything green. The cooler days this week did make it a little easier to deal with and we had the shelter of the high tunnels from the rain. Even though we could not really work in the fields this week we were able to get a couple of the more unpleasant task out of the way. Let’s hope it dries up soon we have potatoes to dig and fall crops to plant.

In your share this week: Tomatoes, a few less than in the past weeks we are starting to run low. Beets, Lettuce Mix, Basil (big bunch time to make more pesto). Ice Box size Watermelons. These are the small personal size watermelons. It can be hard to tell just when to harvest watermelon if you receive a melon that is either not ripe or to ripe (mushy) let me know and we will try again next week. This week’s recipe is for pickled watermelon rind. I have not tried these but have been told they are very good. Another easy way to use more of the food we normally discard. Jim

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