Over a month since the last post? This is hard to believe, but it's true and for a good reason! Through early July, we, including N's parents, were getting the farm into shape. My parents came from Massachusetts for an excellent visit, and also worked really hard and well to put on a big party, a couple of days after Nick and I got married!
We're so grateful to everyone who joined, especially family and friends who traveled a long distance, but also friends from the region who shared dishes and other goodies they brought/prepared. Above are just 2 lovely photos, of my family on the left, and us with Kate from the Hudson Valley/PFP on the right! We hope to collect more photos/memories from folks in the coming weeks.
After all of this, we recuperated slightly and then focused on the farm! We are in the middle of tomato and cucumber season, which fills farmers market Saturday mornings with fun work. Below is a copia tomato closeup: sweet and smooth with a flavor between delicious red and yellow tomatoes. And, a shot taken during a quite serene tomato and cucurbit harvest, featuring a most strong and useful farm cart made by my father.
We continue to work out the life cycle of our annual crop beds, considering how to incorporate cover crop without tillage equipment, and are currently utilizing a lot of grass/clover straw that I have produced with the scythe from the area outside of the vegetables, as a mulch to keep weeds down and maintain fluffy soil in the beds. It is definitely all a work in progress, including the development of 15 new 100-foot long beds, with 8 feet between bed edges, established using mulch gathered from the surrounding area and from between the beds. We are excited to see if this is a less laborious management technique than what we are currently doing, which involves a lot of hand weeding and hauling straw from one place to another.
Finally, we are excited about our own sustenance plot, including light red kidney beans, sunflowers (for seed, in theory), quinoa, and oats! The grain harvest will probably begin soon!
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