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Farm News for Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Star Hollow Farm
Adams Morgan CSA notes
Saturday, July 29, 2017
now on Instagram...@starhollowfarm.pa

Hello all,

Pea shoots take about 14 days from planting to harvest in the winter, and now we're down to about 8 or 9 days. What a difference the sun makes!

On the farm
Yep, last week was pretty brutal working in the heat and humidity, but yesterday cooled down some and today (Tuesday) topped out at about 75 degrees. Very do-able! Most of our crops are coming along well. Even with our new-ish deer fence doing its job, and the addition of a metal rodent guard all around the bottom, the critters still seem to find their way in. Sunday morning I noted how great the edamame soybean plants looked after being somewhat damaged about a month ago by an errant rabbit. Monday morning a groundhog found its way in and made a mess. They can ruin plants in about three bites. Uggh...

[photo] This was the quick work by the groundhog yesterday morning. The plants may recover, but any profitability on our part ... probably not. Those are Jerusalem artichokes growing to the left.

Market report (boring number stuff)
You've all learned by now I guess that we have closed our market stand in favor of doing a smaller business there at the side of the truck. It was obvious to me when we decided to do that that our business would suffer, but we felt it was what needed to happen. (Only regret was not getting to see Anna every week.) I recently tallied the numbers for the season so far, and was actually quite surprised to see that we're not doing as poorly as it felt. Sales at the truck have been about 40-42% what they were at the market site, with considerably less effort to move all the market stuff, plus produce, 50 or 60 yards down the sidewalk and then back again. In fact, sales are in the range of what we used to (prior to Adams Morgan) consider a good market, and on one occasion we topped a thousand dollars and beat last year's market total. Wow. Didn't even imagine that could happen. With the uptick that we saw in orders and order size last winter -- perhaps due to the 're-energizing' we attempted -- we are actually ahead of last year at this point. Wasn't at all aware of that. Happy I decided to do the tally. Thanks!

This week's produce (green means "new," red means "end")

  • Greens: arugula, cabbage, chard, cooking greens mix, dandelions, kale, pea shoots, purslane, stir-fry mix.
  • Veggies: beans, beets, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, okra, peppers (incl. some chiles), onions, potatoes, radishes, summer squash & tomatoes (incl. romas & mixed cherries).
  • Mushrooms: Criminis
  • Herbs: basil (Italian now available in 3 sizes), chives, garlic chives, lavender, lemon balm, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, shiso, soup sorrel, tarragon, thyme & our mini-sampler.
  • Eggs: Yep.
  • Cheese & butter: Yep.
  • Preserves: Yep, but the numbers are going down until we restock in the Fall.
  • Fruit & Berries: Apples, peaches, blueberries, rhubarb & cantaloupes.
  • Campfire wood: for your outdoor fire ring.
  • Plants: a few, there at the truck.

Our Asian eggplant is getting going now and should be available until frost.

Thanks for your support,
Randy, Chris & Sam at ...

A new development starting about a month ago is that I'm taking my mother with me on Wednesdays when I go out to pick up produce. It gives her something to do outside the house, keeps me company, and gives Chris a bit of a break here at the farm. She's 97 now and doesn't have too much interest in much these days, but seems to really enjoy being out and about in the truck (very comfortable, she says), seeing farms and listening to the big band music she grew up with that I play for her on the CD player.


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