HappyDay Farms CSA Newsletter July 25th :)

Well, it’s warmed back up nicely.  Feels like summer again, which is good.  We’re picking hot crops full-on now, peppers and eggplants are rolling in, squash are back in action, cucumbers are making regular appearances.  Tomatoes are just starting to ripen, hopefully by next week they’ll be in the shares (if not next week then the week after for sure).

          We’re grateful to partner with Irene this week; we didn’t manage to get any carrots in the ground this spring and it’s always a delight to work with other farmers to access crops we don’t have.  The beets also came from Irene this week, as do the cabbages.

          We specialize in hot crops during the summer because the nights don’t cool off as much on the hill as they do in the valley.  This means that we’re able to do much better with peppers, tomatoes, melons, etc., but that it’s much harder to keep cooler crops doing well.  There has been much cooler weather thus far this summer though, which has kept us from fully hitting our stride in the hot crop production department.

          I’ve been playing the water-catch-up game, trying to keep on point with cleaning the filters and keeping the drips flowing to provide adequate water during the heat.  It can be tricky business, and at times it is totally frustrating and overwhelming.  We rely on drip irrigation with battery operated timers, but the timer manufacturers have gotten so cheap that they don’t last long and break without warning.  We try to stay on top of paying attention to the soil so that we catch a problem before the crops are wilty but this doesn’t always happen.  I’m thinking of making the switch back to the old school grey Gilmore timers; they’re super basic but more reliable in my opinion.

          I spend so much time going to policy meetings these days that it gets hard to keep up with all of the things that need to be done.  It’s been awesome having Mama as farmhand helper this year; she has been doing a lot of harvesting and keeping an eye on the peppers, okra and eggplants.  She does the fertilizing and makes sure the water is flowing appropriately.  Pops has been instrumental in doing soil prep, maintenance and myriad chores around the farm, taking crucial stress off my plate.  We’ve got some summer helpers, Tim and Ben are on summer break from Evergreen and they have been super helpful in keeping the farm moving forward.

        We’re dealing with payroll, bookkeeping, paperwork and compliance more and more as the seasons move along.  It can be frustrating having to spend so much time figuring out how to jump through the hoops that the government sets out, but such is the life of the farmer.  We look forward to a time when cannabis regulations are sorted out, and when we can focus our whole energies on the homefront again.  Always lots going on, and as always, we appreciate your support.  Much love, great success, Team HappyDay :)

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