CLOUDS and CSA Harvest - Week #6

 Brassica block after a second weeding

Brassica block after a second weeding

Good morning! 

It's cool and overcast here at the moment, and it feels so good! There's a chance of rain at the farm today but it looks like a guaranteed stormy day in Telluride, so CSA pickup might be a wet one. Bring your rain jacket and umbrella! 

 Cover Crop Seed Mix - SO gorgeous! 

Cover Crop Seed Mix - SO gorgeous! 

Mike spent the weekend seeding cover crops throughout the farm. We rented the No Till Drill (pictured below) from the High Desert Conservation District. The photo above is a multi-species mix from Green Cover Seed that we're really excited about. We drilled this into the triticale/vetch block that we recently flail mowed. Building soil!  We also seeded an oats/pea/vetch mix in between the two production fields where we hope to plant an apple orchard. 

I spent the weekend tackling weeds. Oh so many weeds... but we're making headway. I finished the brassicas on Sunday, did a second pass through the carrots, cleaned up several green seedings, and yesterday Sadie weeded the beans once harvest was complete. Speaking of the beans, they're about to bloom! Cherry tomatoes are slowly starting to ripen, and I think the cucumbers and zucchini are near. 

 Mike using the No Till Drill from the High Desert Conservation District to seed a cover crop in the section we flail mowed a couple weeks ago.

Mike using the No Till Drill from the High Desert Conservation District to seed a cover crop in the section we flail mowed a couple weeks ago.

Yesterday was a dreamy harvest day and the best one of the season so far. We woke up to clouds that hung around until 12:30 or 1:00 so harvest felt mellow. It wasn't the normal race to get the greens all harvested before the heat arrived. Yea clouds! We have been clouding up most afternoons around 2 o'clock or so... which is so perfect. Right at the heat of the day clouds roll in and cool everything off, we have even had a few sprinkles here and there. We're ready and hoping for a downpour at the farm, but in the mean time, we're so grateful for the cloud cover. Thanks Mother Nature!

 Onion seed crop is about to bloom

Onion seed crop is about to bloom

On tap for later this week... weeding the cabbage field and the second succession of carrots and beets! We have been walking past them all week and I'm anxious to focus on them starting tomorrow. I should capture before and after shots to share...

 CSA Share - Week #5

CSA Share - Week #5

OK, enough rambling. I should get organized so we can leave for Telluride on time...

CSA Harvest - Week #6: Salad Greens, Head Lettuce, Kale, BEAUTIFUL Collards, Carrots, Beets, Scallions, Cilantro and Basil. Yum! 

We look forward to seeing everyone later today! Until then, be good and enjoy the morning...