Raining Outside

Not every day can be sunny and idyllic at the farm. Like yesterday, when the skies opened up and down came a deluge.

Some days, you grow taller walking around as the sticky clay-like mud sticks to your shoes, and then sticks to more mud, and then grass, and more mud. You bob and weave to avoid the stepping on the minefield of slugs that surface because it is so wet. If you're like us, your glasses fog up and slowly you get chilled to the bone. It sounds like misery but it can be quite exhilarating and fun.

In the greenhouse, it is warm, dry and the rain sounds dramatic. 

 

 

Tomato Trimming Time

We knew that this past Sunday was going to be hot so we got up early and headed out to the valley. It was in the 70's by 8am.

We're leasing additional acreage on another property this season, including another 100ft of hoop house/greenhouse for tomatoes. We're increasing production because one can never have too many tomatoes!

We trimmed and wound tomatoes for a little over two hours. When we started it was 80 degrees in the greenhouse and over 100 degrees when we finished. The plants were happy but we were a little wilted. There was a lot of ice water and iced tea that afternoon.

We put together a little video to demonstrate how and why we trim and wind tomato plants. Be gentle with us, it is our first one and we're still getting our video chops. 

Please enjoy!

Hello from the Field(s)!

Farmer Fels has been working "farmer's hours", planting, weeding, and prepping for the season. It is energizing and exciting but thank goodness for strong coffee early in the morning and relaxing hot showers in the evening. 

We are resting part of the field this season, so we've leased some additional land in the valley, including another 100ft of greenhouse to expand our tomato and pepper production. Bring on the tomatoes!

Newly planted tomatoes in the new greenhouse. 

Newly planted tomatoes in the new greenhouse. 

We are a few weeks away from the first box of the season. We'll let you know as we get closer to the date. There are a few spaces still available, so if you or someone you know who is interested hasn't signed up again, there is still time.

We've just launched a new website and now you can purchase your CSA membership online! Very soon, we'll be adding fun merch for sale on the site, t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and whole lot more. We're cooking up some fun items so you can get "your Mezza Luna on"!

 

WEEK ONE

Week One is in the books. There is a certain anxiety, excitement and then elation that accompanies the first week of CSA box deliveries. It is the culmination of the hard work that has gone into prepping and planning and planting. There is a certain amount of getting back into a routine that feels a bit like good stretch after a rigorous workout, or maybe more like after a long walk.

We delight in watching the farm come to life. We’ve spent a few of the past weekends in the greenhouse tending the tomato plants. They amaze me with their speed of growth. During the week Farmer Fels sends me photos of every new pre-fruit flower as it makes its first appearance. It is difficult not to get caught up in the wonder of how little seeds erupt into robust plants and then transform into delicious food. We feel invested in each plant. We have, after all, been caring for them since early this year when we packed multi-cell trays with seeding soil, then seeds. We kept them moist, warm and happy, and watched them grow into sturdy starts, which went into the ground and are starting to show us “what they’ve got”.

We get a kick out of eating a meal and noting how many of the ingredients we grew. I suppose that might sound conceited but I prefer to think of it as one of the rewards of this endeavor. The other reward is hearing what members are making and getting inspired by their enthusiasm. We love feeding people and feel fortunate, every day, that we’re able to do so. We have a way to go before we fulfill our ultimate farming dreams but working toward it, as we are, is satisfying, and tasty.

-Victoria