the Week 12 News

So how about this weather!? We got several inches of rain this week, in addition to some quarter sized hail and a whole lot of wind.

just one of the several rain storms dropped almost 2"
just one of the several rain storms dropped almost 2″

The plants are kind of beat up, but I reckon it’s a worthwhile trade-off if that is what it takes to get some real good soaking rain for the field – especially the newly-seeded fall crops.

pepper with a hailstone bruise
pepper with a hailstone bruise
wind damage in the field
wind damage in the field

 

Out three WWOOFers convinced us to take a day away from the farm to go to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which turned out to be a wonderful time – dressing up in costume and bringing a young child made it by far the most fun I’ve ever had at the event.

It also helped that there was rain wrongly-forecasted, so there were no lines to get in or get food or get out again! Beautiful.

Today was WWOOFer Mercedes’ final day of her August stay – we’re sad to see her go, but know she’ll be back soon … not least/only because we’re holding her sweet pop-up camper hostage.

WWOOFer Mercedes w/ Special Friend, processing lobster mushrooms for the market
WWOOFer Mercedes w/ Special Friend, processing lobster mushrooms for the market

Inside Box 12

  • Tomatoes –  the field tomatoes are starting to show signs of disease, but we’re still getting plenty of beautiful specimens for you!
  • Eggplants –  one large or two smaller ones 
  • Peppers – (ripening sweet peppers, and jalepenos (bagged with your broccoli)
  • Zucchini 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Broccoli 
  • Melons – (either a honeywhite muskmelon, a cantaloupe, or a Sun Jewel) If you got a cantaloupe, eat it ASAP – they are READY!
  • Shallots  
  • Spaghetti squash 
  • Apples – Picked just before a storm came that would have knocked them all down to be bruised to mush! These are from a tree that Kristin’s folks planted on the farm in the late 70’s! This was a great year for the tree, which hasn’t produced nearly such an abundance since we moved in.
  • Beans 
  • Basil –  (either Purple or Italian)
Kristin's baby hognose buddy
Kristin’s baby hognose buddy

Mercedes labelling newly-made preserves for the market
Mercedes labelling newly-made preserves for the market

 

WWOOFer Jeff discovered this stinging (Io moth) caterpillar by stepping on it barefoot.  ouch
WWOOFer Jeff discovered this stinging (Io moth) caterpillar by stepping on it barefoot. ouch

 

 

 

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