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…

Farm News, June 11, 2019

Farm News After a very soggy and cold start to the spring, last week’s bright sunshine and warm temperatures gave the plants a good shot of growth and even had us bringing out the irrigation pipes for the first time this year.  Of course, the warmth and sunshine has also had the same effect on the…

Farm News, June 4, 2019

Farm News Welcome back to Fort Hill Farm for our 17th season!  I remember back when I started, I would ask older market farmers if growing fresh market veggies ever got easier, and most of the would respond with a resounding “no.”  There is just so much that has to happen in the spring to get the…

Farm News, November 20, 2018

Farm News It’s fitting that one of the craziest weather years we can remember was topped off by a 6-inch snowfall in the second week of November.  The snow caught us off guard and has caused us to put off tasks like mulching the garlic and strawberries until the white blanket melts off.  With frigid…

Farm News, November 13, 2018

Farm News We’ve had several nights in the mid 20’s which has effectively ended the outdoor growing season. That’s not to say we still don’t have a whole lot of food out in the field.  The crew has been busy covering some very nice lettuce, bok choy, spinach, and baby kale to get the crops through…