Farm News, November 19, 2019

I’ve been trying to block the early-November freezes and the never-ending April rains out of my mind, because the growing season book ended by those less-than-ideal months was one of the best we have ever had.  The crew has spent the last few weeks trying to stay one step ahead of record low temperatures.  Everything we could…

Farm News, October 29, 2019

Fall is in high gear, the World Series of baseball is on, and Halloween is fast approaching, which can mean only one thing:  it’s time to plant the garlic.  One of the things we hear a lot at the farm is that our garlic is so much better than what you can get in the store. It’s…

Farm News, October 22, 2019

While fall in Connecticut is famous for the red and yellow foliage in the trees, my favorite color this time of year is the beautiful green that our cover crops show as they reach their peak.  A few frosts don’t bother them at all, and they will keep growing until we get a freezing night in…

Farm News, October 15, 2019

Everywhere you look this past week, the landscape just screamed “New England fall.”  Bright fall foliage (mostly), clear skies, crisp apples, and butternut squash and pumpkins.  Meanwhile, the lack of a hard frost means that the fall crops keep trucking along, with peppers, broccoli, some crazy nice lettuce and salad mix, and even tomatoes in great abundance.  The…

Farm News, October 8, 2019

Even when the end of the season seems to cruise along as nicely as this one has, we know there will be some bumps in the road, and this late in the year that bump tends to be the first frost.  So last Monday, when we saw lows in the 30’s forecasted for later in the…

Farm News, October 1, 2019

Another week of sunny, bright days and pleasant temperatures has me feeling like we have been beamed over to California.  It’s made bringing in the harvest so much easier since we were able to get in the field EVERY day this September.  This is good, because even though it was a very hot summer, we got enough…

Farm News, September 24, 2019

We flipped the calendar to fall on Monday, but the first day of leaf season came on the heels of a late-season heat wave.  The warm dry weather (and lots of timely irrigation) has juiced the growth of our fall crops, and we have some really great late season lettuce and cooking greens this week.  We’ve binned…

Farm News, September 17, 2019

The late-summer beautiful weather streak keeps on chugging, bringing us warm days, cool nights, and an amazing pile of work to try to get through each week.  September is always a tough month for us, because our “summer crew” folks leave, but the task list actually increases.    While we still have summer crops like cukes and…

Farm News, September 10, 2019

The last week has made it abundantly clear that fall is in the air.  Cool nights, heavy morning dew, and warm, clear days have made the work very pleasant.  I think these are the kinds of days people refer to when they think wistfully about having an “outside job,” conveniently forgetting the days when your sweat soaks…

Farm News, September 3, 2019

August is behind us, school starts up, and temperatures moderate, but summer is not quite over!  We still have plenty of cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, although the heirlooms are in a bit of a recovery mode.  Peppers are coming in strong, with fall favorites like leeks and celeriac coming out of the fields.  We’ve got one block of…