Hello August... CSA Harvest - Week #9

 Winter Squash blooming!

Winter Squash blooming!

Good morning. The weather this week has not as stormy as last, but we have had some crazy wind as thunderstorms move around us and a couple surprise downpours. On Tuesday afternoon we had finished up harvest and we were breaking for lunch.  The sky was getting darker and the wind was picking up so I looked outside to check on things and saw a wall of water heading our way. Yikes! I ran outside to close up the greenhouses and row cover a few beds in case of pounding rain or hail. While I was doing this the storm hit, drenched everything (including me) with rain in a matter of seconds and the wind was fierce. I ran back to the house soaking wet, in what felt like slow motion. It only rained for 20-30 minutes but we were locked out of the field for the rest of the day, as it was a muddy mess.

Harvest Season has arrived and it’s suddenly nonstop. Wahoo! We work incredibly hard all Spring, seeding, transplanting, irrigating, weeding, building, etc and when the crops finally start to produce it is oh so satisfying. All that hard work is starting to pay off… and excitement levels are rising around here and at CSA pickup. I love seeing how excited everyone is each week, thank you for your continued support and sharing your successes and experiments in the kitchen! 

 Tomatoes, slowly doing their thing. 

Tomatoes, slowly doing their thing. 

Oh tomatoes. I obsess and worry over the tomatoes every season, from the moment we start them in March, through their planting in the greenhouses, the cold springs nights, funky leaves appearing here and there, up until the day they finally begin to ripen in late July/early August. Which, I must say, I'm always skeptical will actually happen. But, it's happening! They're ripening, slowly with the cool Summer we're having, but the plants are loaded and it's only a matter of time until they all start to blush.

 CSA Harvest - Week #9

CSA Harvest - Week #9

The CSA Shares are becoming more colorful and heavier every week. It may be time to start bringing a second bag to CSA pickup so you have room for all the bounty!

 The Sorghum Sudangrass is getting SO tall and is gorgeous in the afternoon light 

The Sorghum Sudangrass is getting SO tall and is gorgeous in the afternoon light 

The time has come... we are planning to start constructing the steel building this weekend. This building will house our new wash station, produce storage and office, wahoo!  The concrete pad was poured in June and the materials were all delivered a couple weeks ago. This project feels a little daunting and really exciting at the same time! Wish us luck! We'll post updates as it progresses. 

Have a wonderful weekend! And savor these Summer days, they fly by too fast.