Spring 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - June 4th
Things are really starting to kick into high gear at Lost Corner Farm. Now that most everything is finally in the ground, the sun, rain and our amazing soil are proving to be a winning combination. The guys are working tirelessly in the field, picking strawberries and snapping asparagus while both are still producing at an alarming rate. Every time I walk back into the cooler, I swear there is another 4 foot tall rack of strawberry quarts & four or five more buckets of asparagus. We’re running out of room in there, though that’s an awfully good problem to have.
The rain seems to have normalized a bit, for now anyway, making it possible for our hard working crew to finally get all the potatoes (including my favorite – the sweet ones), tomatoes, summer squashes, and okra in the ground. As the ground has dried a bit, the melon fields were finally prepared today, and tomorrow will be spent getting the last of our greenhouse babies in the ground. We’re behind, for sure, but that’s part of the gamble with farming – you never know what mother nature has in store, so all we can do is play the hand that we're dealt. Personally, I think we’re going to the win this round for certain.
Oh, and thanks for crossing your fingerlings – it payed off! Ryan & Steven both assured me that the potatoes they planted last week held up through the storm and are looking good! We have more potatoes in the ground than any other year here at Lost Corner Farm, and thanks to a handy new attachment for the back of the tractor, our crew will be able to harvest them much easier than before. It’s still back breaking work, but hopefully it will go a bit quicker this year!
Though I’m sure he’s not the only one on the farm, we had a slithery visitor at the barn today. As the guys were coming in for the evening and I was finishing up the baskets, Steven brought in a corn snake who had been sun bathing outside. Much to my dismay, he wanted me to get up close and see the beautiful pattern running along its long snakey self. I’ll admit, it was beautiful up close, but I liked the way it looked being walked out the door a whole lot better. As there are no free rides on the farm and every creature has to pull their weight, our snake pal was relocated to one of the barns, in hopes that he might make a meal out of any little rodents that might be lurking inside. I just hope I remember he’s there next time I need to visit that particular barn!
So like I said, things are picking up on the farm, and the CSA baskets are brimming with the proof. I actually had trouble squeezing everything in, but again, that’s quite a good problem to have. This morning the guys harvested the most glorious heads of Romaine lettuce I've ever seen – I’ve already been munching on mine and it’s delicious! The sugar snap peas are starting to come in, and they are definitely mother nature's candy. They are so yummy, I had to restrain myself from eating a whole pint in one sitting.
hey also brought in the heads of Australe lettuce today, which is a really beautiful, buttery variety. As things heat up, the lettuce begins to get grumpy in the fields, so when it's ready, it's ready and we have to bring it all in. Once in the barn, it's key to get these babies into water, so that we can remove the field heat. That allows the lettuce to cool down quickly and last a lot longer. If we didn't perform this important step, it would wilt quickly and taste lousy.
They harvested Chinese cabbage, also known as Napa cabbage, today as well. And our radishes are starting to get sizable, so Ryan began to thin them out by picking the ones that are ready to go. We have three beautiful varieties in the ground. My favorite way to enjoy radishes is really simple: gather some room temp butter and sea salt. Just dip the radish into the butter and then the salt, and pop them in your mouth. Super simple and ridiculously tasty!
Thanks for following along with us this season. We've got lots more to come so stay tuned!