Wow, time flies. We’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone busy the past few weeks and anticipate more of the same through September.
Your farmers continue to successfully juggle the tasks of planting, weeding and harvesting. Each we day do our best to figure out which of these vital pieces of work needs to be prioritized. The dilemma on a farm like Moraine is always the same: We must do all three of these well, in a timely manner and with limited resources, or we will end up with little food, weed seeds to last generations and a tired, demoralized farm crew. I love the challenge of this juggling act. And it’s a real joy to work with such a talented crew of jugglers (er, I mean farmers!) this season.
Soon the juggling act will cease. Well, it doesn’t really stop, it just changes character and intensity. Weeds slow their growth in a few weeks and we will either have succeeded or failed to keep most of our weeds from developing viable seeds. The last of the planting is right around the corner. Cover crops of oats and peas will be seeded before September 15 so they have time to grow before cold weather slows them down. Spinach goes into the high tunnel and the last lettuces and other leafy greens are transplanted into the fields in the next two weeks. This month, we turn our attention to our last big harvests (potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash) and protecting our storage crops. We will pull out row cover, just before the first frost, to protect our still growing tender crops (lettuces, spinach) from frost. Soon we will be getting acclimated to harvesting with cold hands (a welcome change from the hot, humid work conditions earlier this week!)
You can keep up with what’s happening at Moraine by visiting TTOR’s instagram page. Paula V keeps it well stocked with farm photos.