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Posted 7/5/2018 1:18pm by Amy Philson.

Whew...we made it through this incredibly hot spell.  Relief is coming within a few hours, and not soon enough for your farmers.  When it is this hot outside, we slow down a little, taking breaks more frequently, but we can't just hide out inside until the heat passes.  We have animals that need fed and watered (and kept as cool as possible) and crops that need watered, weeded, and harvested.  As I type, the wind has picked up and the cold front is rolling in, bringing a wave of cooler air through my window.  Ahhhh.

I will share a few photos from some of our farms in recent days.

The first blueberries at Trunnel Brook Farm

Our first blueberries of the season at Trunnel Brook Farm.  There will be blueberries in CSA shares next week.

It's black raspberry season, a delicious wild fruit.  At Trunnel Brook Farm

"It's too hot to move," says lazy cat at Trunnel Brook Farm

Weeding young plants at Glacial Till Farm, even in the heat.

Some of the fields at Glacial Till Farm.  The tomatoes are looking great...we are waiting for ripe fruit in a few weeks.

 

News from Grateful Life Farm:

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity, with harvesting, planting succession crops, our first butcher day, and a visit from a predator.  We've only had a sprinkling of rain the the last ten days and the new crops of spinach and radishes are growing very slowly.  We can provide some irrigation, but don't want to run our well dry. 
Last Sunday we butchered our first batch of broiler chickens.  We had purchased several parts for our scalder because we struggled with the pilot going out in the middle of processing several times last season.  The new parts solved our problem and the day went smoothly despite the high temperatures.  We started very early, catching birds at 4:30 AM, and were finished and cleaning up by noon.  We spent the evening making cut-ups and packaging.
On Monday night, we lost two of our beautiful turkeys to a predator.  A livestock animal is raised on a farm to be eaten, but in exchange, the farmer provides a cushy life compared to life in the wild, with a guaranteed steady supply of food and fresh water, shelter from the elements, protection from predators, and a quick and merciful death.  The feeling that we failed to uphold our end of the bargain and protect them properly is the worst of the shock and sadness.  We made some emergency fortifications to their shelter which have been effective so far, but have not kept me from nightmares that send me outside in the middle of the night with a headlamp checking that they're safe and scanning the wood line for the green shine of predator eyes in the darkness.

Several members of the laying flock have been sitting on eggs for weeks, but none had successfully hatched a live chick until Wednesday morning when I checked under the mama hen and found this tiny peeping creature.  I am hoping for a female, and we will be able to tell as soon as the feathers come in.  The cross of a barred hen and our Partridge Cochin rooster produces females of a solid black color and males with the barred pattern of the hen.

At Bushel and a Peck Farm we have spent this hot week baling hay and stacking it in the barn.  Hay needs to be baled when it is dry, not when dew has settled on it overnight.  Thus the phrase "Make hay while the sun shines" is quite appropriate, although uncomfortable.  

CSA Shares

Full Share

  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 3 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 napa cabbage from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 2 lb. rhubarb from Byler Farm
  • 2 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 3 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Byler Farm
  • 1 herb from Springfield Acres and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Small Share

  • 1 cabbage from Detweiler Farm
  • 2 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 napa cabbage from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lb. rhubarb from Byler Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 2 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Byler Farm
  • 1 herb from Springfield Acres and Bushel and a Peck Farm

Mini Share

  • 1 zucchini from Detweiler Farm
  • 1 napa cabbage from Trunnel Brook Farm
  • 1 lettuce from Harmony Grove Farm
  • 1 Choice from Harmony Grove Farm, Detweiler Farm, Trunnel Brook Farm, Glacial Till Farm, and Byler Farm

Recipes

Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Roasted Napa Cabbage

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Easy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Elastigirl's Stretchy Zucchini Noodles because sometimes the name can make a difference whether picky kids will eat it

Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini

Rhubarb Pie

Cream Cheese Rhubarb Bars

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

After too much rain, we have had over a week of mostly dry, so today's rain is very welcome.  Hopefully we will get a good soaker and then several days of mild sunny weather.  

Eat locally for your health.

Amy

 

 

 


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