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Reprieve from the rain…for now

Reprieve from the rain…for now

The heat wave of the last few days was a doozy, but it and the roving thunderstorms seem to be behind us for a few days at least. We are hustling to make the most of the break in the weather. The cultivator is on the move again, beds have been made and crops planted.

Lexi Berko, cultivation manager, back in the fields after a soggy few weeks.

Lexi Berko, cultivation manager, back in the fields after a soggy few weeks.

The work days have gotten longer as the harvest increases. Bringing in all the cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and cantaloupes has our days stretching late into the evenings.  The first and second planting of sweet corn look amazing, with minimal bug and bird damage, and we had fun harvesting over 2000 ears for Tuesday’s CSA pick-up.

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Thought the harvest is just starting to reflect the main season summer crops (corn! cantaloupes! tomatoes!), we are already looking ahead to fall, transplanting leeks, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower, and the final rotations of summer squash and cucumbers. We have a watchful eye on our ripening winter squash crop and anticipate golden spaghetti squash in August.

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After 9 months in the ground, almost all of the garlic was harvested last week. Our last minute email brought out a handful of stellar volunteers, who not only lent their hands, but their company as well. It is always a treat for us to be able to chat with enthusiastic CSA members and get to know some of you a little better. It makes the time pass that much quicker, and the work that much more fun. So thank you!

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We are seeking a farm chef to prepare lunch for our farm crew once a week on Tuesdays, using fresh veggies from the farm.  Unfortunately our current chef is unable to continue with the job, so please contact us if you know anyone who might have the skills and interest to feed our hungry crew once a week. Our farm crew works incredibly hard, and we’d love to be able to provide them a nourishing meal made with the fruits of their labor. We were sad to have lost a chef mid-season, right when energy levels on our crew are low, and the days long. So please help us spread the word!

Post and photos by Tricia Borneman, Blooming Glen farmer and co-owner. Tricia and her husband Tom have been farming together since 2000. Blooming Glen Farm is entering its 10th season bringing high quality certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and cut flowers to our local community. Tricia is passionate about food, art and nature and the intersection and expression of all three.

(*Photo of Lexi Berko contributed by Justin Seelaus)

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