Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011 Season, Week 11

July 16, 2011

This week's harvest:

Green and Yellow Beans
Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes
Eggplant (medium shares)
Yellow Squash
Garlic and Onions

This week's farm news:

This crazy summer is just flying by! Here we are already entering the second half of the "main" vegetable season. And, boy, are we about to hit a serious summer glut! Hooray! Finally! We are just days away from our first taste of melon. We've been enjoying tomatoes - and from the estimated 468 plants in the garden an insane amount are coming your way from now until our first frost of the autumn. Sweet corn is about ready, too! Oh, the delicious tastes of summertime!

The crew pulled all of the remaining onions from the garden this week and now they are all laid out in our greenhouse on screen tables and bread trays to dry. They were pretty moist upon harvest so we have our fingers crossed that they do, in fact, dry and not rot! Onions are pretty tricky to store in this humid climate.

We had another broody hen hatch out a clutch of abandoned turkey eggs this week! This time Jesse took the hen and poults out from the big flock and is keeping them in the barn so he can keep an eye on them. Ira has now been inspired by all of these broody hen success stories... so this morning he took about a dozen of his duck eggs up to the chicken compound and placed them under yet another broody hen! We'll see in about a month what happens!

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