What a difference a day makes! It was only in the 70’s today! Wendy and I felt like children with lots and lots of energy to keep working well into the afternoon. The July heat had forced us out of the garden by 1 PM on the days that we worked and by that time were were sweaty, exhausted, dehydrated and quite bitchy if I might say so myself!
The challenges we have faced are not like any I have had to deal with in all of my years of farming. I always tell people that I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time, but that has been exceptionally true this year. Just keeping everything watered has been a full time job. We tried to plant new seeds of the lettuces, radish and other greens and they didn’t even sprout. What a waste of seeds! The tomatoes are full of flowers with a few fruits set, but they are not ripening. I have talked to other growers around the area and everyone is having the same problem. I think it is just too darn hot! I am thankful that at least the summer squash and cucumbers are producing!
Today, Wendy and I took advantage of the cool temps and bravely transplanted the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages that were started awhile back. I had planned to get them into the garden sooner, but I did not want them to succumb to the heat. I hope we have a nice long fall, so that we can once again enjoy these cooler weather veggies. Keep your fingers crossed!
It’s chokecherry picking time and my next door neighbor has a huge shrub that she invited me to pick as she never uses nor wants them. So far I have harvest over 35 pounds. Some of them went to the Fieldhouse, some up to Quality Food Distributing in Bozeman and some I will make into a lovely fruit vinegar. I made some last year and it was a huge hit! I have a few pounds left and there are more that I can get, so if you would like some let me know.
Your share this week will include the last of the beautiful broccoli, along with carrots, beets, a selection of summer squashes, swiss chard, slicing cucumbers, scallions, Genovese and Tulsi basils. Pick up your share between 4 and 6 PM and be sure and bring your shopping bags of boxes. I think it is supposed to be cooler again so it might actually be more pleasant to hang out visit!