Saturday, July 11, 2009

Summer Picking and Grinning

It's officially summer when you get your first picks of green beans, summer squash and zucchini. We got all of these this past week - which makes us happy - sort of.

As with all things farm - there are pros and cons to each thing that occurs.

We love to eat green beans, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peas etc etc. But, each of these things require a great deal of picking time. If you want to extend the harvest of each of these, you have to keep plants picked and prevent fruit from getting too large. That means we have to spend a proportionately larger percentage of our work time harvesting. In fact, if we don't spend extra time harvesting at this point (take last year as a case in point) it means we're having a difficult growing season and that is actually... *bad*.

We do all of the other stuff in the fields with the intent of harvesting and enjoying said harvest. But, when do we do all of those other things? We're also in peak weed season - which means we have to be in peak weeding form so we can continue to harvest through the year. Some fields, such as the pepper/eggplant field, are in excellent shape. Other fields, such as melon and brassica/onion fields are in horrible shape. We keep working diligently, but it seems like each thing, no matter how successful we feel we are, take longer than it needs to in order to allow all the other things to reach completion.

Such is life on the farm!

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