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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 8/7/14

Posted 8/7/2014 7:49pm by Jim Baughman.

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. As it goes in life it goes in farming.

I have found in farming that sometimes we have crops that do very well and some years for whatever reason we have crops that have done well in previous years but fail. That is exactly what happened to our garlic this year. After 3 years of really good crops of garlic this year’s crop just did not do well at all. Although not a complete loss we found, as we had feared, that most of the bulbs were very small in some cases not even worth digging up. I’m not sure at this point what went wrong it was perhaps a combination of the cold winter (garlic is planted in the fall and overwinters) followed by the wet weather we have had but for some reason it just never looked right this year. We’ll gather up what we have and let it cure. We have enough to send some to the members in a few weeks. None for winter storage this year. But then we have the winners - tomatoes, potatoes, squash (the winter squash looks really good so far). These are all crops that have not done particularly well in previous years. As disappointing as the garlic harvest was we have had so many crops do so well I really can’t complain. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose.

On the farm this week we cleaned up the rest of the beefsteak tomato beds and began to prepare them for winter carrots. Fall cabbage, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, and basil were transplanted to the field. The last succession planting of zucchini was planted as well fall beets were seeded. With a little luck, some rain, and continued cool weather you should see these in your shares come October. In your shares this week you will have broccoli (a winner). Lettuce mix, zucchini, and eggplant. Also you will receive bell peppers, pablano peppers, and jalapeno peppers, heirloom tomatoes, and a small bunch of cilantro. Make sure to check this week’s recipe for fresh salsa or spicy zucchini dish. Looking for a good way to use that eggplant go to our website and try the recipe for grilled eggplant sandwich. While on the site look up the recipe for grilled pablano peppers.

Enjoy the taste of summer, Jim

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