Grapes were turning to wine on the stem since I had left them until they were sweet. Swarms of wasps, honey bees, earwigs, little specs of crawly things and big bumbling flies were having a party while I was trying to snip off the clusters without drawing attention. I left the bunches too high to be reached so the party went on.
We are down to the final days of raspberry harvesting – boo hoo. The old patch is to be mowed down since it was taking up space on the high tunnel route. The new patch has outperformed all previous years with enormous berries. The challenge is the wasips yet again – tricky creatures that cling to the berries until they are fwipped off. They munch on the fruit along with picnic beetles and tiny red ants. All creatures seem to know what is good!
Nathan and Steve were able to move one high tunnel over to plot #1 today. It takes a windless clear day, a working winch or four strong folks to move the wheels down the cleared track. The next one is to be moved to plot #3 tomorrow morning! It’s like waltzing with elephants – very slow and methodical.
This week is the last CSA pickup for summer farm shares. The boxes will be full of salad mix, radishes, Brussels sprouts, leeks, broccoli, napa cabbage, arugula, mizuna, green peppers and eggplant. Carrots, sweet potatoes, white & purple potatoes, white & red onions, a variety of garlic, fresh Red Ace beets are for sale and will be part of fall farm shares so…..stay with us and continue to enjoy the good eats!
Kohlrabi are coming in all sizes – one variety is the size of a small cabbage! We farmers all had a munch of a sample today and it was declared a winner. This must be perfect weather….