It's been a satisfying week at the farm. We've put fields to rest, checked crops off the harvest list, moved the new greenhouses over the Fall greens (it went smoothly!), and so much more.
The weather has been pretty mild this week but we're hoping for some moisture in the near future. The fields are feeling pretty dry and a good rain or snow would be great and help the later plantings of cover crop germinate. Keep your fingers crossed for moisture!
I was pretty anxious about moving the new greenhouses this week... we built them this Spring (which feels like forever ago) and grew tomatoes, peppers and basil in them all Summer. But, we had not experimented with pulling them through the field yet and I was concerned something could break, disconnect, tear greenhouse plastic, etc. I had to spend an hour or two prepping each house to move. Part of the prep involved jacking up the front end of each house and attaching wheelbarrow tires to help elevate the front corners temporarily so they wouldn't dig down into the ground and cause problems while being pulled through the field. We used chains and straps to attach the greenhouse to a truck and a tractor and I'm happy to report they moved beautifully and they're both setup in their Fall/Winter spots and are currently protecting greens for the Fall CSA. Woohoo! I love when things work out as planned and I'm excited about the season extension possibilities these greenhouses will offer next season!
Mike prepped beds for garlic as well as next season's alliums last week. Garlic planting is on the schedule for Saturday! I love planting garlic, it's the first food crop we plant for the upcoming season and it's such a staple in our kitchen. It was time to refresh our garlic stock so we're planting all new seed stock this season from our friend and mentor, Dan Hobbs. His farm, Hobbs Family Farm, is located in Avondale, CO, check it out!
Harvest details for Fall CSA - Week #3:
Chard, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, Leeks, Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Carrots, Beets and a Purple Daikon. Mmmm hmmm, enjoy!