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Monday, August 20, 2012

Late August is a time for picking!

The end of August marks a pretty big transition for most of the people in our farm community.  For you, our members, many of you are finishing up summer vacations, coming back into town to regroup for fall.  Many of you are bringing children home from camp and going back to school shopping-preparing for a new school-year routine. At the farm, our summer crew members are finishing up their last few days at the farm to return to their undergrad or grad programs, teaching jobs, or life off of the farm!  For the full-time farmers, we have to make our own adjustments as we loose these wonderful pickers and weeders.  At a time when our heaviest and most productive crops (peppers, eggplants, tomatoes) are rolling in, we have to push through the late summer heat to fill bin after yellow bin of tomatoes, and basket upon basket of peppers.

Another farmer once told me that August 15th marks the beginning of the end of the weeds!  I’m not sure I really believe her, but I like to spread that rumor throughout my full-time crew.  As the days start to shorten, our crew gets smaller and the weeds slow down a bit, our crew gets in a steady rhythm of harvesting, washing and sorting beautiful peppers and juicy tomatoes.  We begin to feel the slightly cooler air in the mornings and you may even spot me wearing a sweatshirt for the first hour of harvest these days. 

Even though we know there are many more days of heat in our future, we can’t help but be excited about this late August time, when change is in the air and the Powisset Fall Festival is in the not-to-distant future.  But, before that happens, enjoy the tomatoes, summer greens and muggy days in the cherry tomatoes!

See you in the fields,

Meryl (on behalf of the Powisset Farm Crew)

What's in the Share:

Up at the barn:  tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, carrots, beets, potatoes, choice of herb, choice of green (arugula, bok choi, red choi), 

Out in the fields: cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, husk cherries, chard

Pottery at the farm this week!

The Powisset farm stand is busy these days, with farm produce and maine blueberries for sale and local eggs in the fridge every Tuesday and Saturday!  And this week, our favorite potters, Lisa and Sue will be back with their awesome (and often farm inspired) pottery!  Come visit them at the farm this week on Tuesday 1:30-6:30 and Saturday 10am-5pm!


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