If you were doing the dance on Highway 85, the field to the east probably wouldn’t have caught your attention. If you were spraying weeds with herbicide from the comfort of your air-conditioned tractor, you also would not have taken note. But, if you were this organic farmer, you would have been fascinated by the life surrounding you as you weeded. Of course, you would of at first been horrified at how quickly the weeds have grown. Soon, however, you would begin to see the ladybugs crawling all over the wild sunflowers and delighted in the brown lacewing that alighted on your arm. You would have been pleased to see the beneficial hoverflies sipping nectar from the wild-growing plains coreopsis blooms and ground beetles searching for prey. You would have begun to ponder how the weeds add to the biodiversity, feeding the beneficial insects that are protecting your crops. You would leave some, the ones that wouldn’t impact production, and be thankful that you could be a witness to this dance of life.
A month ago, we were just starting to plant out tomatoes and peppers, zucchini and cucumbers and all of the other summer delights. Melons were just germinating in the greenhouse – now they are blooming prolifically and setting fruit. Summer’s bounty is coming!
In our market, tender and sweet English peas are at their peak. It is always a delight to hear a kid who says they don’t like peas zip one open and exclaim “these are like candy!” Treat yourself to some relax time and zip some of open for yourself. They are delicious raw as well as just very lightly steamed with a little butter. Yum! Our crisp and juicy lettuce is so refreshing in this heat. Add a protein like eggs, tuna, cheese, nuts or grilled meat; other veggies and dried fruit like tart cherries and cranberries and you have a wonderful summer meal. The seven varieties of zucchini and summer squash are starting to produce and green beans are making their first appearance. Summer cabbage is in along with rainbow chard, sweet kohlrabi, fresh elephant and Spanish Rojo garlic.
Pick your own:
- Red Currants: picking will commence Saturday, the 8th of July and continue for 10 to 14 days. These make the best jelly that can be used as an awesome glaze for grilled or roasted meat or just enjoy on toast or a biscuit. They are also delightful for topping a special cake or pastry with a dollop of whipped crème. This is not the best crop for picking with small children.
- Black Raspberries: picking will start in about a week. We will keep you posted.
- Red raspberries and the fall crop of raspberries typically start mid-August.
- Pickling cucumbers: We are expecting them to start in about 10 days and go to mid-September.
- Basils: fresh, cinnamon, purple, lemon, Thai, lime and pesto are ready now.
- Flowers: they are just starting.
Market hours: 8 am until 2 pm on Tuesdays, & Saturdays.
We invite you to come enjoy life on the farm!