Every year there are two working shares on the farm. They pick the peas and beans for the CSA and market. We are missing one this year. If you think this could be a good fit for you or someone you know, contact us and we can set up a conversation.
Monthly Archives: May 2023
Planting GIANT tomatoes!
Our tomato seedlings grew to be massively tall in the greenhouse this year. There are a few approaches to how to plant such tall creatures! Tomatoes grow roots off their stems (called adventitious roots). We usually try to put the tomato plants in up to half their stem in soil. This may not be possible for you to dig a foot and a half hole! So you can either bury them six inches or more in the ground and make sure you add a stake or trellis right away. Or you can make a horizontal trench at least 6 inches down and bury the root ball and most of the stem, curving the upper part up so that a foot or so of the top of the plant is straight up above soil level. These plants would need a fair bit of water right away to encourage the new root growth. But having all that root surface is sure to make for a tastier tomato!
Instead of replying to each of you… yes, if you are a spring share member and also ordered plants, we just packed up all those orders and they will be ready for you to get tomorrow at the last spring share. Also, those of you who I’ve communicated with about picking up plant orders you can come between 3 and 6 tomorrow, Friday, May 26. I still need to make arrangements with some of you who ordered plants, which I’ll do in the next few days.
The seasons are rapidly changing. We are past the halfway mark on the Spring CSA and the main season will be coming up in just over a month (we can start harvesting outside crops usually around the third week in June). There are only a couple spots left in the main season, so if you’re sitting on the fence, or know someone who might be interested in a share let us know. Several of you have said you are interested in the main season share but have not placed any payment down yet… now’s the time! And those who may have made an early payment you could consider a second one if you haven’t already 🙂
The warm spell in April allowed us to get on the ground with early field work, and we were able to get the first lettuce, scallions, peas, and carrots transplanted and seeded. Then it got wet and cold. That let us get caught up on the greenhouse work. Having all the beds utilized for the spring shares has been an efficient use of space, but has made for a dynamic juggle for space!
The soil has dried up now and we are rapidly transplanting all the crops that are singing for the extra root space!
As a reminder, we’ll be selling plants at the Edge Hill May Fair May 27, the STC Market Day on Jun 3, and the Durham Herb Fair on June 10! Hope to see some of you there!