I hope you are doing great! So much has been happening on the farm and so much is growing! Doug and Peter, the two part-time-but fully-dedicated-potential-future-farmers, started at that beginning of May and we have been working like whirlwinds ever since. The fields are full of plants! Greens galore, beets, scallions, radishes, potatoes, onions, lettuces and more!!!! Wonder of wonders, the rows of tomato plants are looking lovely as they reach towards the sky, squash and cucumber plants blossoming, and potato plants that are ready to be hilled! We have just over an acre and a half planted, which is more than was ever planted last year! You know what they say: four extra hands and two extra brains makes life a dream boat. You will get a chance to meet Doug in Somerville and Peter in Chatham. You also may have seen, Exie the Dog has a dog intern named Laser! Laser picks up fast and they get along famously.
I have been working to put all of my wintertime reading to good work and things at the farm are feeling the effects. One of our big accomplishments this spring has been the successful construction of our walk-in cooler! It is huge and when it's on, it sure is cold! This will be a major benefit to farmers and vegetables alike. For farmers (ie Me and the crew), it means no waking up at 3:30 am to harvest greens and then struggling to bag them at market! Now things can be prepared in an orderly way a day ahead and brought to market fresh and crisp the next day! As for the vegetables, the cooler gets us closer to meeting the storage needs of the various crops we grow and ensures that our produce can get to market fresher than ever.
We have spent the last week making sure all of the market plans are in order. We gathered better table cloths, made better market signs, cleaned and arranged, check the scale batteries, fixed broken tent parts, and generally anticipated the market. The rain has not dampened our spirits and likewise it is urging our beautiful plants onward and upward. But along with this, it is also egging the weeds along. We spent several days this week wrangling and wrestling with them and we now have them held at a tremolo.
Of course, along with all this, I spent lots of time this past week (or month rather) worrying about what will (or won't) be ready. But if worrying counts for anything, I think it paid off. Just wait until you see what we have for you at market!
Fresh from the field:
Beans: Sauteed with a little butter, salt and pepper, WHAT!? So good!!!!
Garlic Scapes- Like cruncy garlicy green beans!
Herbs: Parsley, Chives, Oregano
Can't wait to see you Saturday at Metuchen! And remember to spread the word. Starting next week, we will be at all of our markets! Somerville Thursdays, and Metuchen and Chatham on Saturdays. Come get some delicious!
Helen, Peter, Doug, Laser, and Last but not least Exie the Dog.
Somerville Downtown Farmers' Market
Division Street (The pedestrian walkway) Somerville, NJ
June 19th through November 20th
Thursdays, 12 to 7pm, Rain or shine!
Metuchen Farmers' Market
Corner of Pearl and New Street, Metuchen, NJ
June 14th through November 22nd
Saturdays, 9 am to 2 pm, Rain or shine!
Chatham Borough Farmers' Market
NJ Transit Parking Lot (Railroad Plaza South off Fairmount Ave), Chatham, NJ
June 21st through November 22nd
Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm, Rain or shine!