After a miserable, cold and wet week, the sun is shining, morale is up and we are well into harvesting squash for winter storage. We have happy campers this week, which makes for a better work environment all around. When the produce is ready, we harvest, rain or shine, and it can get challenging. But the quality is there, and all things considered, the crops are holding up well. If this sunny stretch continues throughout the next two weeks, hopefully we’ll have the squash all picked and in storage by the end of next week. How much are we talking about? Just to give you an idea: we have about 10,000 bushels left to pick in the field!
The fall tillage work has begun and we have started seeding our cover crops. As we mentioned last week, this is vital in order to prepare the soil for next year’s growing season. And an always exciting moment for us–we dug out the combine to harvest soy beans and field corn! Another step in the final push.
Ever tried popping corn right on the cob? Well, you’ll get a chance to do just that with the popcorn in this week’s share. Be sure to click on the popcorn post and it will link to the directions for doing this.
We are busy shipping pumpkins to our commercial customers, but don’t panic, we have a great supply for everyone. If you didn’t make it out to the field for the Harvest Event last weekend, remember there’s another chance this weekend. Hope to see a lot of you out there! A word of advice for when you pick out that perfect pumpkin: due to our excessive rainfall, there’s a lot of water weight in the pumpkins. They are best handled and carried from the bottom (in your arms) rather than by the stem. Those stems may not be able to support that weight!
Happy picking and enjoy your farm share this week!