Hakurei Turnips (aka Japanese Salad Turnips)
This week we got over 3 inches of rain here in southern Cayuga County. We farmers love to complain about the weather, it’s pretty much always – too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry – and I’m as guilty as the rest of the casual criticism of our natural fluctuations. However, we’ll try and only report to you when the weather is actually having a significant impact on our crops. While fortunately most of our crops will withstand an occasional drencher of a week, this is not the case for strawberries that are starting to ripen.
The strawberry patch was pretty much in standing water for most of the week and – just our luck – the berries are starting to ripen! What we are already seeing and will almost certainly get worse is mold on the berries. There isn’t really a good way to manage this issue without using some pretty nasty chemicals (which we wouldn’t do ever) and so it looks like the berries are toast!
It’s absolutely not too late to sign up for a share for this year! We typically raise our price by a dollar a week (very modest increase) after the season begins but we don’t usually close out sign-ups. So tell your friends and relations about us – they’ll only pay for the weeks remaining when they signup.
Our first week of CSA deliveries went very smoothly and we’ve received a fair amount of flattering emails from ya’ll! But really – the thanks goes to you, for helping us all “live the dream!”
Anton and the Early Morning Farm Crew
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