We set up irrigation on the rotation field to water the cover crop and then it was off to start a lot of transplanting. It took all morning to transplant two weeks worth of lettuce. We started doing double plantings as the weather changes and the lettuce starts maturing later. Doing this and transplanting in hoop houses, will insure that we’ll have lettuce until the markets end. In the afternoon we moved the irrigation line from the morning down the field, then for the rest of the afternoon we harvested squash, cucumbers and beans.
This morning we started some irrigation lines and took care of the co-op lettuce and basil order. After that, we finished transplanting the lettuce we didn’t finish yesterday and then got set-up for the market harvest after lunch. Once all the lettuce was in we got carrots, onions and fennel.
It was a beautiful morning with fog rolling through the valley and a heavy dew settling on the crops. Our first task was to start the irrigation lines in both fields. And the morning is the best time to harvest greens like kale and collards, so that’s where we started the harvest. We have done a good job of getting things done during the week up to the day of the market, which makes market mornings much easier with less to harvest. Steve and Cecelia went to the market today and the rest of us thinned and bulked turnips, turned the compost pile again, cleaned and bagged shallots that have been drying for a few weeks and continued moving the water lines.
Today we started out unloading the van from yesterday’s market and then got to work on the co-op lettuce and basil harvest. After the lettuce we continued on harvesting squash and cucumbers, and the rest of the day was spent harvesting and washing carrots, rutabaga and parsnips.
We finished out another big week of harvesting and cleaning up for the season. Earlier in the week I saw Steve taking down some of the beanpoles (he didn’t ask for our help) and we have started harvesting for bulk items like parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes and turnips. These are all items that store well and that we can continue taking to markets after other things stop coming out of the field.
No pictures this week. There haven’t been many new project or activities lately, so I don’t have any new pictures to share. I think things will pick back up in a few weeks when we start harvesting things like winter squash.