It's 9:30 in the morning as I write this, and I've already been out at work for about three hours, watering and weeding the crops in the field as well as tending the plants in the greenhouse and grow room. Michael has also been at it in our upper garden, cultivating the strawberries, carrots, beets, garlic and shallots. I'm going to head back out as soon as I'm done here, in order to get (I hope) three more beds planted today. It's a fun game we're playing out here, trying to keep all the balls in the air, tending the existing crops, making space for new ones, and planning for the ones that come later in the season.
As always, the weather is the primary concern for any farmer, particularly here in northwestern Oregon, where temperature swings of almost fifty degrees in one day are not uncommon. This makes it problematic to plan for "cool-weather" and "warm-weather" crops, since we have both types in the same day! The weather forecast calls for a high of 91 degrees today; by Saturday, it's supposed to get up to 98. For this reason, keeping the crops well-watered is essential. I have been monitoring soil moisture constantly, and sometimes we irrigate twice in one day. It's particularly important for vegetables like carrots, which require a moist bed in order to germinate and break through the soil, but not so much water that they suffocate, drown, or wash away.
With just over three weeks to go until our first harvest date, we're also busy tightening down our logistics for getting the produce to you in the best, freshest possible way. The June 23 pick-up date happens to coincide with an event that many of our members, both regular share owners and pick-up site volunteers, will be attending. Coincidentally, that event, which runs from that Thursday through Sunday, is taking place out here at Ffynnon. For that reason, we are going to tweak our pick-up schedule a bit. We will let you know all the details ahead of time, but for now, it appears that, for many of you, your first week's produce (if you are not attending Sunfest) will be delivered to your home address. If you are attending Sunfest, we will pick your produce and collect your eggs on Sunday morning, then give it to you as you are leaving Ffynnon. Again, we will be in touch with each of you to make certain you and your veggies get together without a hitch.
Well, it's about time for me to head back out to the garden--those veggies aren't going to plant themselves! Here's wishing you a great week. Find yourself a shady spot, try to stay cool, and we'll talk again soon.
All the best from Ffynnon Farm,