Saturday, August 28, 2010

2010 Season, Week Sixteen

August 28, 2010 newsletter

This week's harvest:

Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers

This week's farm news:

The weather was glorious this week. It seems like we have sure had to endure lots of weather challenges this season. But now, this splendid weather that we've had this past week makes those challenges fade in our memories & seem like some distant dream. The grasshoppers, however, are a nightmare. They just won't stop. They are even mowing our cover crops! Certain areas of the garden Eric has had to plant three (!) times. They seem to prefer newly germinating plants, too, so they are capable of wiping out huge plantings very quickly. Now our standard planting procedure is to immediately cover the seed bed with fabric row cover so the grasshoppers never even have a chance!!

Our barn had a couple of transformations this week. The first is that the crew harvested all of the butternut squash this week & their gleaming goodness is now occupying the barn's upper-most loft. The second transformation is the barn becoming a sports arena - we've made the step up from a bushel basket attached to a tree to a bonafide basketball hoop attached to the front of the barn!! Jesse is super-excited to be able to shoot hoops from his front door step. He even has his own cheerleaders - two injured turkeys (named Chaos and Galliopo (?) ) that have their own portable hospital pen in the barn's front yard. Basketball practice is at 7PM - after chores. Come join us!

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