The quiet lull of the farm is coming to a close as more and more vegetables are becoming ready for harvest. We have hired another person whose name is Robert, to help us part time so Justin and I don’t end our days crying and feeling helpless at the amount of work that awaits us each day. I will try to get a sneaky picture for the next blog post so you all can put a name to the face.
We have been so lucky the last couple weeks with the amount of volunteers that have come to help us at the farm. They have come in all ages and sizes and Justin and I couldn’t be more grateful. Our smallest volunteer has been showing up on the regular, usually on Tuesdays to help us wash our romaine lettuce. With an inquisitive brow and raw honesty, Liam Whobrey is definitely the most entertaining visitor. I find myself in brief anxiety as I wait for his taste approval. We were very lucky this past week as we received at first a hesitant but positive thumbs up after tasting a couple of our cherry tomatoes that ripened early.
I also must reiterate this year, like previous years how grateful I feel to work for such an amazing company who supports and takes active interest in the farm. We have had many visits from Betsy, Terrell and Bobby as well as Tim and Alex this season, all board members for Hendrick House. The weather is miserably hot right now so I was surprised when Tim and Alex volunteered (the hottest day of the year thus far) to help Justin and me plant and clip tomatoes on Wednesday. I wish I could put into words how hot it actually was. I felt like my face was melting off so I’m sure it was very uncomfortable for them. They were amazing help and it was perfect timing because, as I stated earlier, this week was really the first week where we have been fighting to get everything done. Everyone was rewarded with peaches at the end of the day! Justin looked like a little he had just won Willie Wonka’s golden ticket.
The weather has been puuuuurfect, for the crops and less so for the workers 🙂 ! It has been like the blazing fires of hell hot and we receive a thunderstorm with consistently about an inch of rain every four days. This truly is our year for tomatoes and peppers. I CAN FEEL IT!! And I must add the word FINALLY to the previous sentence because the last four years have NOT been good for warm weather crops. But you win some and you lose some. Our squash isn’t very happy this year despite us putting them in a nice home fondly known as “squash alley”. There is a strange unidentified mucus coming from the center of the plant and they are dying at a fast pace. Once they have completely met their fate I will rip them out and plant again for fall. Hopefully the fall crop will provide more produce with the cooler weather.
Our watermelon are finally ripe and so are our green beans. Thank goodness we have Rob to help us part-time now because green beans are an all day event. We pulled 51lbs on the first harvest which is slightly better than our 40lb first harvest last year. I am expecting about three harvests from this crop until we rip it out and replant. Green beans, although incredibly labor intensive to harvest, are in high demand with the chefs so it is worth growing them. They are very low maintenance to grow and germinate quickly so that also makes it an appealing crop.