Saturday, July 31, 2010

2010 Season, Week Twelve

July 31, 2010 newsletter

This week's harvest:

Sweet Corn
Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers
Patty Pan Squash
Yellow Beans
Choice of Yellow Watermelon or "Halona" Muskmelon or Galia Melons

This week's farm news:

It was another sultry week. The high temperatures were consistently in the mid 90's. We had lots of small rain showers throughout the week that totaled around one inch. In between bouts of rain, the crew set out another round of fall transplants. They also had their work cut out for them trying to keep up with harvesting all the ripe tomatoes, musk melons, & watermelons. When we have to harvest crops early in the week - perishable stuff that won't hold until Saturday's market - we start canning & preserving the bounty to enjoy this winter. All of the interns have taken a turn canning quarts of tomatoes. We've also filled many freezer bags with melon to freeze for winter sorbets & Beth even loaded up her dehydrator with Galia melon slices! I'm excited to see how that turns out!

Eric's father (aka "Pap Pap") has been visiting this week. He & Eric have been working on adding a couple of solar panels (that were given to us!) to our solar system. They mounted them to the end of a cedar pole & everyone helped heave the pole up to a standing position beside our older panels so that they can all be wired together. Once it's all hooked up we should be able to harness twice as much solar energy!

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