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HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 29th :)

This morning is the first day of cool, cloudy weather we’ve seen in quite a long time.  It was glorious to wake up and see the fog river flowing through the notch in the ridge a few hundred yards from the farm.  We are fast approaching the magic of fall as we make another seasonal transition in this trip around the sun.           It was a glorious weekend of celebration in the community; we’re relishing the afterglow as we move through this market morning.  Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Johnny and Michele; it was the most colorful wedding I’ve ever attended, with many awesome costumes and flowers and happiness all around.  It is always a joy to celebrate...

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HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 22nd :)

We’re moving into shorter days, I’ve noticed that it’s getting light later each morning.  It’s a comforting feeling to be keyed in to the changing of the seasons, so that each day brings a perceptible difference in the world around me.          It’s certainly starting to feel like fall around here; the last couple of nights have cooled off a bit, which is most welcome after the heat wave we’ve been enduring.  Much like last year, we’re seeing many of our summer crops start to go by the wayside about a month earlier than I would have expected.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be pulling out most of our cucumbers, squash, and a few rows of tomatoes as...

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HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 15th :)

Boy we’re back in the August heatwave!  My Grandpa used to say that during these warm nights when it doesn’t get below 70, things never stop growing.  It sure seems to be the case here on the farm, so long as I can keep the water flowing.        Things remain somewhat tricky with the ag system; I’m coming to believe that the float valve on the main ag tank is not letting in as much water as it should, which means that more water is being pumped up to the top of the hill to the big storage tanks, and less is being put into the ag tank that we run off at all times.  This has been a frustrating...

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HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 8th

The Monday after Reggae on the River is always a little rugged for this guy.  I didn’t party too much this year, and it was good to help as a volunteer with the Kitchen setup and trouble-shooting during the weekend.  The music was good, and I saw lots of old friends whom I don’t see much anymore.  Good things all around, though I am a bit worn out today.         It’s August, which means we’re dealing with water issues.  It’s funny, no matter how good the system works in June and July, when we hit August we always seem to run into trouble.  Facebook showed me a post from two years ago that discussed being out of water and...

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HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter August 1st :)

Yes indeed, we have arrived in the month of August!  We’re still battling water issues on the farm; I’ve found that I need to clean the filters much more than I thought initially to keep the irrigation working properly.  Sunday evening is filter cleaning time; I take an old toothbrush and scrub out the filters that are attached prior to each timer around the farm.         We clean the main filter every day, but there is so much algae and silt coming through that we also need to clean the smaller pre-timer filters.  One of these days we’ll get around to buying the big boy filter for 2 grand that self-cleans and lives down by the pond.  It’s one of...

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