Once again the longest day of the year has arrived. It's all too easy to work into the late hours of the evening while it's still light out. Time escapes somehow. June is a huge push on the farm. Early spring crops are being turned under and the earth prepared for fall plantings, all while pruning and trellising hundreds of tomato plants, harvesting for members and markets, and the endless weeding and irrigating. Yet somehow, it all finds a natural rhythm and volunteers keep showing up at the perfect time.
It is definitely kraut time. So much cabbage! I love cabbage, especially fermented. Patiently waiting for the napa cabbage...a favorite for making kimchi. Perhaps a next week?
Asam has been a HUGE help on the farm this week. He is the blueberry picking king! He's says he's grateful for the chance to earn some money this summer. He's saving up to buy parts to build his own computer. He is so smart, I don't know where he gets it from.
Blueberries are coming on in waves now. Just the past two days we have pulled in over 60 pints of berries and so many more are in the field. Starting again this Wednesday the 22nd we will be open for U-Pick so come help these blueberry bushes shed some weight. Customers continue to ask about our raspberries and here's the low down... Being as busy as we have been, we haven't had the time to properly harvest them for markets. Instead, the raspberry patch has been the go-to snack break. In the early morning, in the heat of the day or at the last rays of sunlight, the raspberries provide a sweet burst energy. Though somewhat neglected over the years, they still give in abundance. It's the simple things that help make this lifestyle all worth it and the raspberries snack breaks certainly are one of the small joys that fill my heart.
It seems like garlic harvest comes earlier each year and this season is no exception. We planted several varieties this past fall. Many made the grade into the "Seed Garlic" corner, while a great many ended up being processed and are now curing in the second story of our barn. We are making an effort to save as much garlic as possible for planting in order to build a healthy seed stock for many years to come. Brandon has been growing many of the varieties that we now have from his own seed saving in North Idaho the past four years. While the climate here is far wetter in the Winter (no snow...) the varieties have sized up well and we will have at least 800' of garlic planted by this fall.
With so much daylight there will be plenty of new crops to follow. Thanks for following us as we groove into summer and keep checking in as the season unfolds.
Andréa & Brandon