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…

Farm News, August 27, 2019

As we head into the final days of August, the cooler nights of late feel downright brisk compared to the intense heat of just a week ago.  It’s a welcome break for both people and our lettuce crops.  Meanwhile, the crops keep pouring in. The next 3 or 4 weeks are often the most abundant harvests on our…

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…