The vegetables on this farm have it good. The soil they grow in is rich in organic matter and nutrients. Each seed is planted with great care. Water from the sky soaks the ground when it rains and when it doesn’t rain we irrigate. Many hours are spent carefully keeping the gardens clear of weeds. A light weight cover is draped over plants that are most likely to get chewed on by insects; rain, sun and breeze can penetrate but the insects can’t. We trellis the plants that need support and mulch between the ones that need extra protection from emerging weeds. As they happily grow in these deep, rich valley soils deer, turkeys, sandhill cranes, coyotes, raccoons and numerous other small animals and birds walk through and around them. The sun warms them and the cool evenings are often a welcome break. We hope you will enjoy receiving this farm’s bounty. Not everyone can say they know their vegetables.

Barb

These posts, carefully pounded in so as not to puncture the irrigation tape beneath the plastic mulch, will soon have row after row of trellising twine wrapped around them to hold up the tomatoes as they grow.

These posts, carefully pounded in so as not to puncture the irrigation tape beneath the plastic mulch, will soon have row after row of trellising twine wrapped around them to hold up the tomatoes as they grow.

Lettuce heads, soon to be harvested. At the end of the garden is irrigation. It travels through the garden when necessary.

Lettuce heads, soon to be harvested. At the end of the garden is irrigation. It travels through the garden when necessary.

Large, tender spinach leaves waiting to be harvested, leaf by leaf, for next week’s share. To the upper left is fabric row cover, over radishes, keeping out flea beetles.

Large, tender spinach leaves waiting to be harvested, leaf by leaf, for next week’s share. To the upper left is fabric row cover, over radishes, keeping out flea beetles.

In the hoophouse the tomatoes are already sizing up. They have been in the ground since April.

In the hoophouse the tomatoes are already sizing up. They have been in the ground since April.