Wednesday, June 18, 2014
And we have potatoes, lots and lots of potatoes, and onions, and garlic, and carrots, and beets, not to mention cucumbers, black eyed peas, squash, and whatever else that the grasshoppers have not annihilated. The summer harvest is in full swing. The corn, melons, and tomatoes should be in the market baskets this next week. There will be u pick on the black eyed peas, for anyone interested. Also, there should be pickling cukes available. The blackberry season is winding down. There are a few being picked for the market and some jammers have been gleaning what is available, but the season was short and just So So. As mentioned the grasshoppers are the worst we have seen in a while, due to the lack of spring rains. Hopefully we will be able to harvest some corn and melons before they completely take over. Settling in for the summer heat, preparations are being made for larger water tanks, fans, tweaking the irrigation lines, and finally turning on the air conditioners. The Farmers panting, and sweaty clothes were a sure sign that it was time. The milk production is holding steady, plenty of cow and goat milk. The canner has been drug out of seasonal retirement, and the first batch of chow chow was made this week. As the summer solstice approaches, one thing comes to mind, the days will start getting shorter, Yippee!!! MARKET HOURS: Friday and Saturday, from noon until 4:00 PM. Special appointments can be made throughout the week for dairy pickup. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
In Texas the words June Bug have their own distinct connotation. The bugs all decide that this is the perfect time to find a warm, dry climate, an area overflowing with an abundance of delectable fresh in the field fruits and vegetables grown without chemicals or pesticides, to set up housekeeping and invite all of their friends and relatives for a never ending buffet of all you can eat, at any time. This is when the battle of wills, farmer against insect gets competitive. Each year it seems that there are new rivals, will it be grasshoppers, Japanese Beetles, Colorado potato bugs, squash bores, aphids, spider mites, cucumber beetles..... the list is endless. Staring down a tomato horn worm and picking it off a tomato vine is a true test of stamina. We have always tried to be diplomatic with our enemies from the insect world, planting some for them and some for us, but when they get a little piggish and want it all, we draw the line. Using biologicals are our last resort, even though considered natural and organic, we hesitate. All it takes is the almost instantanious death of a beautiful zucchini plant that boasted of stately foliage and abundant blossoms, drained of life by voracious bugs, and all of the guns are drawn. Another hurdle in the continuous relay run by farmers every day. We may sail over it, we my stumble into it, we may just run around it, but we will make it to the finish line, none the worse for wear, most likely with a harvest proudly displaying a few irregularities, like beetle bites or grasshopper poo, or even rabbit nibbles, nothing a good rinse won't fix....... but it will still taste good and we will offer it proudly. And for the record June bugs should be called April bugs, as they always start gunking up our driveway and water tubs in April! From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!!!