Farm News, August 20, 2019

This week’s newsletter comes to you from  5th season Fort Hill Farm veteran, Lauren Henderson. Lauren is doing a great job as the field manager, running the day-to-day tasks and making sure we actually get everything done. Her enthusiasm for organic vegetables shows in her writing: August is one of my favorite times on the farm,…

Farm News, August 13, 2019

Last week we got another one of those “hail Mary” rains that gives you a break from irrigating but moves through quickly enough not to bring on lots of foliar diseases in the crops.  This gave us some time to put down the pipe and catch up on some weeding.  With so many planting and harvesting tasks…

Farm News, August 6, 2019

So far the growing season can be summed up as 3 months of flood followed by 2 months of drought.  Even with the big swings in weather, crops continue to look good.  We are at “peak tomato,” as the crew brought in a huge harvest of heirloom tomatoes and sungold cherry tomatoes today. We will be able…

Farm News, July 30, 2019

Lots of heat with the occasional rain is a good recipe for lots of sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, crispy cukes, versatile eggplant, and some big sweet Ailsa Craig onions.  Throw in some timely irrigation, and the lettuce, salad mix, and chard will join the party as well.  Time for some pickin’ and grinning on the farm! The…

Farm News, July 23, 2019

Last week the main driver on the farm was HEAT.  Since working in the field in the afternoon felt like wearing 20 pound weights on your legs, we got going an hour earlier to make full use of the cooler morning air, and carried on.  We start harvest with lettuce, chard, kale, and herbs, since they are…

Farm News, July 15, 2019

Sometimes the Farm News breaks down into a “there’s so much rain we can’t get in the fields and all our crops are rotting” or “it hasn’t rained, and we are irrigating like crazy” dichotomy.  Not to be a broken record, but we are definitely in the latter camp.   The very wet April, May, and June are…

Farm News, July 2, 2019

Summer paid us a visit last week, bringing some warm temperatures and ground dry enough to cultivate and hoe.  Fairly quickly, we were back in irrigation mode.  Our sandy soil has a short memory, and once we go 4 days without a soaking rain, we need to add the water ourselves. The farm is almost at cruising…

Farm News, July 9, 2019

What a difference two weeks of hot temperatures can make.  We’ve seen some big leaps in crop growth, with the summer squash and cucumbers leading the way.  They have been trickling in over the last few weeks but really started pumping out fruit last week.  We’ve put them on sale this week, and made some…

Farm News, June 25, 2019

This is one of those weeks when I sit down to write the farm news and I have trouble remembering what happened during the blur of activity that was last week.  I remember an unbroken string of rainy days, and I know we picked strawberries in that rain (and lots of people came to the farm…

Farm News, June 18, 2019

One thing that’s crazy about this time of year is that even though we are at peak daylight hours (the summer solstice is Thursday!), there never seems to be enough time to get the work done.  Planting season is still in full swing with winter squash, Brussels sprouts, more cukes and summer squash, fall cabbage and…