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From the Fields of Freedom Valley Farm 9/4/14

Posted 9/4/2014 12:00am by Jim Baughman.

Greetings,

The short week after Labor Day has meant for a busy week on the farm. The 2.5 inches of rain we received Monday night (which was more than 5 inches of rain in 10 days) kept us from doing much needed late fall and winter plantings but did allow myself and the farm crew to start the much needed fall clean up of mowing down the 2 to 3 foot weeds and grasses around the farm. It’s amazing what we find and can see again once we get some of these areas mowed and cleared out. It’s never easy to keep up with all the mowing around the farm especially when you have to prioritize between planting, harvesting, or mowing. This year with the regular rains we received weeds and grasses have been a real problem. With the wet fields this week we also started harvesting some of the winter squashes from the fields most are ripe but can benefit from staying out in the sun for a few weeks. This increases the storage ability of winter squash by toughening the rind however if the squash continues to sit in mud and muck to long it may cause some rot. We had a very good winter squash year and you should see a few of this flavorful fall and winter treats in your shares in the upcoming weeks.

In your shares this week you will receive sweet corn. We’ll try this again. I think we harvested last week’s corn a little late which resulted in the corn being a little tough. This week’s corn is from a new patch which should be tenderer. Also in your shares will be green beans, Elba potatoes (new this year a very good all purpose white), some nice large bell peppers, and again maybe the last of this seasons tomatoes (we’re scrounging). You may receive some lettuce mix I’m just not sure as of writing where we will be with lettuce the heavy rains have really been detrimental to all the greens crops.

As always enjoy, Jim

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