Sunday, May 6, 2018

Farmshare Newsletter - May 6

Hello Farmshare members!

Tonight's email will be short.  I just want to remind all of you that we will skip baskets this week to give our field crops another week to grow and will resume baskets next week.  This skipped week will not count as part of your 10 weeks of food, we will just add another week in July.  

For a quick update from the field, we've had a ton of plant growth in the last week.  Warmer daytime and nighttime temps have helped the ground warm up considerably and in looking at the 10 day forecast, it won't be long before farmers switch to complaining about the heat rather than the cold!   I told a few of you yesterday that I've started to see the squash plants blooming with baby squashes attached to the flowers.  It is such a strange year for us...I never would have imagined y'all might get squash (a summer crop) before you got broccoli, cauliflower and green beans (spring crops), yet, it appears that might happen!  Overall, everything in the field is looking really good and we are really close to winding up the bulk of our spring planting by the end of this week.  

Our farm excitement for the week included the delivery of a new tractor for the farm as well as one for Gus.  We added a small 25 hp tractor to our lineup to narrow the space between our beds in certain fields allowing us to get a third again more beds into a field.  If you've ever heard me talk about the farm, I often tell people I've definitely learned farming the hard way, through trial and error.  Nowhere has this been more apparent over the years than in purchasing the right equipment to get the job done on a farm our size.  This tractor is one more piece I'm putting in place to help make this farm more sustainable on a slightly larger scale for my farmhand Mike and I to be able to do the bulk of the farm labor ourselves.  

Until next week, y'all....please don't hesitate to email or text me with any questions!  See you soon!

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