My deepest apologies loyal readers for my tardiness in posting. Since the cutting of the tops of our tomatoes it is like we are reliving our August harvests. I have had to make multiple trips from the farm to campus because I couldn’t fit everything in the truck. It is a nice strong finish. We are in the midst of doing duel harvests, ripe tomatoes and green tomatoes. This will be the last week then adios!!
The bigger news going on is that our Red Russian Kale is remarkable. This is probably sheer luck,
since the student farm (next door neighbor) told me they hardly got anything off of theirs due to black rot. We will talk about the black rot in a min. First I would like to go on and on about this beautiful kale! I have never had luck in the past with this crop. Usually I plant it in the field when we plant our other crops in May. The kale has never survived through the summer. I thought it was because of the heat so I purposely waited until the end of July to seed it in the greenhouse and then finally put it in the field beginning of August. This sells for the same price as 1st tomatoes so this is a big win for the farm!
The student farm is nice enough to let us borrow their wash/ pack station during the week. Not only does this make life easier for us at the farm but it is also very educational. I cherish this time because I get to interact with the student farmers and we get to compare/ contrast successes and failures of certain crops and methods. It is imperative to get advice and communicate with other farmers because it ultimately makes you better at what you do. On one of these occasions, I learned about black rot. I didn’t know this disease existed although I had seen it over the years. What I thought was heat damage was really black rot. Black rot is a bacterial/ fungal disease that causes decay in the leaves or fruit. It can affect apples, grapes and brassicas (kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower etc). Matt (head of student farm) told me there is really no cure… which is super annoying sort of like something else I know…… BACTERIAL SPOT. Luckily I have only seen small signs of it and we immediately removed the diseased leaves from the plant. I wish the broccoli would hurry up before something catastrophic happens to it.
In other news….. we pulled the last of our carrots. They were a little weird looking, meaning they were spindly, but washed up nicely.
We also had a nice harvest from our fall radishes. I was getting a little worried because the green tops were huge but there was nothing there when I pulled a couple from the ground. I asked some farmers about it and they said they think it has something to do with moon cycles. I think I need to do a little more research on that one 🙂 .
Peppers are still chugging away. They aren’t great (due to lack of crop rotation) but they aren’t horrible. I will keep them in the ground as long as they are producing something.
On to green beans!