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Farm News for Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan CSA notes for

Saturday, July 1, 2017

We will soon be on Instagram at starhollowfarm.pa
(but I apparently just screwed something up with 10 minutes to go, so not this week.)

Hello all,

[photo] Yesterday afternoon I got on the tractor and mowed down the cover crop of rye and vetch that was seeded last October. It helps build the soil, protects it from flooding, and is generally seen as a good investment, even though it's all out-go and no income [at least directly].

Farm news ...
Planting is going on as fast as we can do it. Most of the garden is planted and crops up. Sam & Casey have really been going to town getting everything going, and it looks good.

Some ideas in the pipeline ...
Always thinking ahead. Sometimes getting there, sometimes not.

  • I've been trying to get an Instagram account set up since so many of you asked for it last winter. We're 99% there, and may make it tonite. If not, should be up next time.
  • Trying to see if we can switch over to a POP (point of purchase) stand card reader for there at the truck, to make it quicker and easier to read cards.
  • Planning to start a sidebar piece on this page (maybe next time?) called something like AG BITS; short short references to ag stories I read about in my farm mags.

Thanks to our truck volunteers ...
I have been completely remiss in forgetting to thank those of you who have volunteered and done "truck time" already this year. So, many, many thanks go out to the following June helpers...

  • 6/3: Sara & Alexandra
  • 6/10: Shelby & Chelsea (and husband!)
  • 6/17: Rachel & Susan & their kids and their husbands and a friend from out of town, and that was just the first shift. Milos, his mom & daughter Dora handled the second shift.
  • 6/24: Sarah & Bob.

You may have noticed that we have gone from necessarily having two volunteers for the first shift to just asking for one (but allowing more, obviously!). It's just one less connection and contact to make, the only reason. As far as I can tell, it's working fine. Any of you that have done it alone care to offer a different opinion?

And speaking of truck volunteers and crazy ideas ...
It occurred to me one day driving home from DC -- well, it is a long ride -- that perhaps it would work and be even less arrangement-making on our part to just let you CSA members crawl up (via the removable side-door step) into the truck and get your own box, unpack it on a table INSIDE the truck, file the empty box away and, well, that's it. Maybe every hour or so someone that knows how things are supposed to be (because they've volunteered before) will hang for 10 minutes just to "neaten" things up, thinking here of the returned bags and egg cartons, for example. That's the plan for this Saturday, perhaps my stupidest idea ever; perhaps not. We'll know soon!

This week's produce line up (green means "new")

  • Greens: arugula, rainbow chard, cress, kale, lettuce mix, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage.
  • Veggies: beans (just dried this week, then green next week), beets (bunched or roots), baby carrots, sweet corn (just a little), cucumbers (slicers, divas and picklers), garlic scapes (several ways), Jerusalem artichokes, bunched Walla Walla sweet onions, parsnips, peas (snow), bell peppers (green), new potatoes, scallions, summer squashes, sweet potatoes, hothouse tomatoes & turnips.
  • Mushrooms: Criminis, oyster, white button
  • Herbs: our mini-sampler, basil (Italian & lemon), chives, cilantro, Greek oregano, Italian parsley, lavender, peppermint & spearmint (plus a meadow tea pack), rosemary, sage, French sorrel (incl. a soup pack), and tarragon.
  • Poultry: eggs, and more eggs.
  • Cheeses: lots, including goat Ash buche.
  • Preserves: A lot, both sweet & savory.
  • Fruit & Berries: Flaming Fury peaches, Pink Lady apples, blueberries, gooseberries & cherries (sweet & sour). [Raspberries at the truck on Saturday.]
  • Campfire wood: 40-lb. boxes of logs, for your outdoor fire ring.

[photo] These are the Concord grapes (foreground) and berries behind in our new Berry Patch. So far things are coming along nicely. I was worried the grapes would be lost as we had a hard freeze after they were up back in April, but they held on.

Your farmers,
Randy, Chris & Sam

Random pics...

How good are your eyes? See what's looking back at you from past the high tunnel door? There was a front-page article in our local paper last week stating that with the mild winter and early spring, we here in Central PA can expect record deer population growth in 2017. Yeah, tell us about it!

[photo] Yep... there's another one down by the pole on the right. Now you know why we have spent thousands of dollars to build a fence around our gardens and covered the sides of the high tunnels with mesh. Otherwise, they'll eat everything!


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