Week of August 2, 2010
Gosh, we had almost a week’s reprieve from the rain! Gwen, Liza and I were happy to have time to get weeds pulled and garden harvested without having to run in out of the rain. It was so nice not to have to deal with the mud for a few days. We managed to stay mud free but with the hot, steamy weather we continued to sweat a great deal.
Then what happens? Another storm arriving at 4:00 a.m.! We got exactly 2”. Guess August is starting out like July. Let’s hope that we get just the right amount of rain at just the right times.
We had a very nice Field Day. Thank you for coming to learn some more about CSAs and how we operate Rolling Acres Farm. We had about 25 people from as far away as Elliot and Villisca. I had phone calls from Sioux City and Sac City. People are very interested in growing food and have found that coming to Field Days really helps them to deepen their understanding about what is involved. The weather was rather hot, but we started out with a great potluck of salads that kept us cool.
We will be passing out comment cards for you to fill out and give back to us. We like to know what you are thinking about the produce you are receiving. We would also like any comments about how to improve what we do. Please be honest so we can serve you better.
On Friday I got a lot of seeds planted for our fall produce. I planted cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, Roma green beans, swiss chard, more beets (sooner or later we are going to have a crop of beets), lettuce and onions. A fall garden is a little more work but I am told that the cauliflower and broccoli turn out better than in the spring.
I checked our Ambrosia melons (cantaloupe type melon) this morning and there are some on the vine that are little bit bigger than a softball. The cucumber beetles and squash bugs are in the garden. Keep your fingers crossed that they don’t hurt our vine crops.
This week’s produce:
Assorted summer squash
We are not going to dig potatoes this week given the two inches of rain we received. The third and last round of sweet corn is just about ready. The first round had worms that we tried to clean off for you. The second and third rounds seem to have missed them. I am sure that no one is upset by that news.
Please help us do a better job by filling out the comment card and giving it back to us. You need not sign your name and please be honest about how you feel about what you are getting! We are halfway through the season and can make adjustments.
Until Next Week….