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Big Left Hand Change In The Weather

Posted 8/31/2017 9:07am by David Zemelsky.

The season turned Wednesday morning.  It wasn't freezing at all, but there was something else there that is hard to put ones finger on.  It had rained a bit the night before and that brought down a lot of leaves.  And then there was something about the wind that made me think of Fall.  The fact that it was very gray early in the AM, also added to it all.  Its hard to say exactly,all I know is that it felt different. 

That means a lot of things on the farm.  One thing is that it is too late to plant somethings. Corn, for example. Too late.  Cukes? Maybe, but I'm not even going to try.  However, there are lots of other  things that we're going to keep on planting because time hasn't run out for them.  Spinach is a good example.  After studying the different options, we selected four very interesting varieties.  As soon as they came, I primed the seed.  This process helps get the seed germinated much faster.  If the plant gets well established before the weeds, we have a much better chance of success.  Priming is simple.  The seed is soaked in water for about 5-8 hours.  After that, it is spread out on a drying rake sheet with a paper towel underneath it(so it doesn't fall through) and placed in our dehydrator.  I'll put the setting on the least amount of heat and let the seed dry.  After that, I'll gather up the newly dried seed and plant it.  New seedlings emerge after 4-5 days, which is at least 3-4 earlier than just putting the raw seed in the ground with no other treatment.  I do the same thing for carrot seed.

Spinach seedlings that are 6 days old

Another thing that this means, is that we're going to start covering crops with the heavy row cover.  All Summer, certain crops were covered to protect them from flea beetles or leaf miners (depending on the crop).  It is a light gauzez fabric with little or no weight.  Now that the nights are beginning to get cooler, we're going to need to conserve heat-hence the heavier cloth.

Let's talk about Wapsipinicon Tomatoes before listing things for the store.  Some of you have made the big plunge and tried them.  I can totally understand a person's reluctance.  They're soft,fuzzy and have a dull nondescript color. However, there taste is remarkable.  Its kind of a watery,white wine flavor. Mild, but assertive (if that makes any sense).  And, we've got a lot of them.  Probably more than there should be.  I think that at the time of planting, the number of them got away from me.  That could happen.  Therefore, we need to get them into your hands.  So, I've dropped the price in hopes that you'll know not only are there a lot here (which there are), but that this tomato is worth trying too.  3lbs for $7 is the new price.

Below is the list of what's available from us.  Read the list and email me back what you'd like by 8AM Friday (September 1st).  Your order will be waiting for you after 2pm (more or less) that same day in our shed at 54 Fowler Ave.  Bring exact change (or check) and put payment in payment jar.  If there's some kind of problem, just email me back and I'll make it right.

Here's our list:

Wapsipinicon 3lbs for $7. Special price.  They also make an amazing sauce for pasta and other things.

Heirloom Tomatoes 2lbs for $7.  They are full of Summer taste and wonder

Juliet-our wonderful tomato for all your needs.  Uncooked or cooked, this is your go to tomato.  2lbs for $7

Sun-dried Juliets- an extraordinary taste treat that would also make a wonderful present for some Foodie in your life. $5/oz

A 5 lb  flat of seconds(Heirloom Tomatoes)-$15.  You'll be getting a mix of wonderful heirlooms. There'll be some kind of split or something, nothing really serious.  However, I wouldn't forget picking them up either!

Cherry Tomatoes- a mix of all different varieties. $6/pint


Orange or Yellow Peppers-  these are thick skinned bell peppers with an amazing taste.  $5/lb

Salad Greens- with lettuces, kale, mizuna $6/bag

Carrots- $5/lb

Arugula $6/bag

Garlic $2.50/head

Onions $3/lb

Beets- $4/bunch

Big Kale $4/bunch.  Specify if you'd like lacinato or curly

Daikon $2.50lb

Glorious new French Fingerling Potatoes -$5/lb

And again, our list from Farmer Peter

Marvel of Venice Italian heirloom snap beans, fabulous when sautéed with onion and tomato or my sauce $4lb,

NEW Cantalopes $5/each

Gladiolas $1each,

Rhubarb $5 lb,

Shallots $5 half Pt,

Herb Bunches: thyme, mint, oregano $2/bunch

Famous Northfordy Tomato Sauce $10/jar

Hope this week is glorious for you, too