Week 5: Hazy Days

IMG_9474*Please note there is a location change for Victoria Park and Bedford customers this week. For Victoria Park customers, the pick up location is going to be on the corner of South and Queen downtown.  Find the parking lot on South St. behind 1185 Queen St.  Bedford customers will be picking up in a new location very close to First Ave: 26 Union St.  The city is installing new water lines on First Ave.

This week on the farm we are very glad we have a deep irrigation pond!!  It has been nice growing weather and we just have to make sure nothing dries out.  The dry weather is so nice for incorporating cover crops like rye, and then getting the land ready for planting buckwheat.  This is all to add organic matter and control weeds, and then we’ll plant late crops for the fall.  We have a nice new field we’ve been grazing cattle on for 22 years that looks very promising.  It will be incorporated into the vegetable rotation so that a higher percentage of the land will be in soil-building cover crops.

A little white calf was born Saturday morning!  At first I thought it was a stray feed bag, but it got up!  Cutest little feed bag I’ve ever seen, with a big black nose.  Those calves are amazing the way they get up and go right away after mom licks them off.

Here are some photos from the last week:

Such a wonderful surprise in the morning!

Such a wonderful surprise in the morning!

Incorporating rye

Incorporating rye

Bernard made 'produce pack pizza', including strawberries

Bernard made ‘produce pack pizza’, including strawberries.  We cheated and picked some of the early sungold tomatoes

Harvesting carrots.  We won't have any in the pack for another couple of weeks, when the next planting is ready.

Harvesting carrots. We won’t have any in the pack for another couple of weeks, when the next planting is ready.

Hilling potatoes

Git ‘er done: Alice hilling potatoes

Talking about trellising peppers.  They are coming!

Talking about trellising peppers. They are coming!

The dominant smell in the barnyard is from salt spray roses

The dominant smell in the barnyard is from salt spray roses.  The dominant sound is bees happily messing around in them.

Early morning greenhouse construction.  Yes, we are putting another one up!

Early morning greenhouse construction. Yes, we are putting another one up!  David’s home-made gothic design.

David fixing the Gandy lime-spreader.  We are so excited to spread lime with it.  You'll have to trust me on that, as David looks sleepy

David fixing the Gandy lime-spreader. We are so excited to spread lime with it. You’ll have to trust me on that, as David looks sleepy

The ginger is loving all the heat!!

The ginger is loving all the heat!!

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2 thoughts on “Week 5: Hazy Days

  1. Hazy…but not lazy days at Abundant Acres! Thanks, as always, for your informative, inviting, beautifully illustrated, and inspiring updates on the living and working at Abundant Acres. I always enjoy your posts…and this one was a good reminder that I should hill up my few potato plants!

    • Thanks so much Rick! You should see the machine Andrew and David are working on for hilling vegetables like potatoes. It is called the crop hopper. Cheers, jen

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