This last week on the farm, there was a spontaneous reunion. We knew we needed some help to tackle critical time-sensitive jobs. Luckily, a few people who used to work here asked if they could visit. We were also very happy to welcome another Warehouse Market person, Cassandra, to the farm. It was a real blessing to have so many extra capable hands!
Some of the Warehouse staff help out at the farm, and bring loads of produce to the market. It’s nice for Warehouse and Farm people to finally get to know each other and be aware of what’s happening in both places.
We’re very happy with the cucumbers this year. Fresh, crunchy cukes are a special treat we wanted to have for our customers. We covered the hoop house with a larger hole netting than last year. The mesh is still fine enough to exclude cucumber beetle and squash bugs, but not too restrictive of air flow. Last year, we used a mesh that was too fine and the house was too hot and stagnant as a result, killing many blossoms, and severely reducing yield. This year, Justin also removed the plastic on the end walls to increase air flow when it started to get hot. Getting in the cuke house is a procedure! We have to open up the wiggle wire holding the netting in place and slide in. It is like Fort Knox, but we call it Fort Nets.
It is so pleasant in the the cuke house, David and I go there to have prune and trellis dates. At the end of the day when it is a bit cooler, we can talk and work in the fresh air, feel the breezes, and experience the ‘golden hour’ when the sun is at a special angle, with no bugs biting us.
Some of the changes through the years of vegetable growing are worth noting. We used to be able to grow cukes and tomatoes outside. Now we find we need to use hoop houses to control pests, and regulate watering. Tomatoes outside now tend to get blight in years of heavy rain. In a hoop house, they are fine no matter what the weather brings us.
Although it did rain a bit on Monday (7mm), we are hoping for more rain to fill the ponds and wells. If you are getting rain you don’t want, please send it our way. On the farm it has been exceptionally dry and sunny, after a cold and very windy spring. We experience quite a different weather pattern than Halifax Regional Municipality. It is much less humid, especially this year.
Below are a few photos from the farm.