The hardest workers on the farm – Daniel and the bees. With the alfalfa fields in full bloom, the bees have been busy making honey. The paraffin capped cells in this hive frame indicate that the cells are filled with honey. The queen is restricted to the lower layers of the hive where she lays eggs in the cells to build the hive population. The hive’s honey is stored primarily in the upper layers .
Tomatoes are in full production. If you are looking for tomatoes to can or freeze, now is the time. We have #2s for preserving. They typically have cosmetic defects like cracks or scratches, but they are delicious and cheap. They are $13 for a 20 pound box. Please order these in the next 2-3 weeks. After that prices tend to rise again as production declines.
Here are some of the flats of heirloom tomatoes that we delivered this week. Which is your favorite? You can get them at JJJ, the Fridge, Fenz, Green Circle Organics, or Roaring Brook Market this week.
This new white eggplant is really tender and yummy. They are smaller than the typical purple eggplant, so they are more delicate and sweet. These plants were started for us by our friend Jamie at Wyllie Fox Farm in NY (www.wylliefoxfarm.com). Thanks Jamie!
Penn’s Woods are in bloom. Chanterelles, Cinnabar Chanterelles, Chicken of the Woods and Maitake mushrooms are here. Contact Harry to see what is available for your special dishes.
Look how happy these strawberries are in their Haygrove home. It won’t be long now…
How grateful I am to be a grower of food and flowers for my friends and neighbors. Thank you!
This is such an exciting time of the year – plants popping out of their trays in the greenhouse, working in the soil again, and my first minor sunburn – yes!
We continue to fine tune our crop list. Some are already favorites, and some are experiments. This year’s crops will include these crops and others: romaine, green and dried beans, arugula, onions, peppers – red, cubanelle and ancho, fingerling potatoes, tomatoes-red slicers and heirlooms, white eggplant, summer squash and zucchini, winter squash – acorn, blue hubbard, spaghetti and delicata, kale and herbs.
We are also doing new planting of these crops that will take a few years to establish: strawberries, asparagus, raspberries and hopefully, figs.
It’s cold outside, but the onions are already off to a great start. It’s grow, trim, grow, trim, grow, transplant for these very early season plants.