Farm News, JULY 14, 2020

In mid-July, each week is a bit of a blur.  Irrigation took a back seat for another week as storms seemed to roll in every other day or so.  While that made it tricky to find some dry days to harvest, we did manage to pull in about 80% of the 18,000 garlic bulbs we planted and…

Farm News, JULY 7, 2020

After last week’s soaking rain brought an end to an essentially rain-less June, we found ourselves in the opposite situation.  Almost daily showers and thunderstorms made it difficult for us to prepare new beds for planting, add fertilizer, and cultivate.  Luckily weather forecasting has improved a great deal over the past few decades and we had a…

Farm News, June 30, 2020

What a difference one half inch of rain can make.  If I was writing this just a few days ago, I would bemoan the hot, dry, rain-less weather we had for over a month.  June is arguably the busiest month of the year for us, as planting and weeding tasks peak, the harvest ramps up, and we…

Farm News, June 23, 2020

It’s hard to believe the summer solstice has come and gone.  It’s good we have a lot of daylight, because we’ve got a whole lot of projects going on.  After the coldest May I can remember, we had approximately one week of “pleasant” weather, and now it has turned seriously hot and dry.  Planting can be tricky in…

Farm News, June 16, 2020

Every spring we bring to life a brand new crop plan and start planting with high hopes. We never know what spring will bring us, but we do know that once June hits, things get a little squirrely when the plan meets reality. This year was no different, except adding to the generally unpredictable nature of farming…

Farm News, June 9, 2020

Summer seems to have finally arrived, in a big bang that took us from wearing heavy coats to short pants in about 5 days.  It’s been one of the weirdest three month periods for everyone in the world, and the combination of very cold weather in April and May, along with trying to adjust to social…

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…