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Summer Share #9 of 20- 8/3+8/5: Between the Solstice and Equinox

by Erin and Steve on 08/01/21

We are halfway between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. There are subtle changes happening in the seasons if you are quiet long enough to notice. Bigger harvests are going to start rolling in. One of them being the early seeded carrots. Unfortunately, we are seeing the first effects of the rain we had 2 weekends ago (remember 4 inches in a day on top of already wet fields followed by almost another inch that Tuesday where we actually lucked out). Damage from flooded fields takes longer to see the effects than, say, a hail storm. Immediately after a hail storm you see hail damage on crops (I wouldn't wish this on anyone), but with too much rain all at once there are areas of fields where it naturally runs to and sits until it is dries up. This happened in our carrot fields an if you can imagine a high water table with carrots growing into it what you end up with is rotten tips on harvest-stage carrots. And so we lost about 30-40% of that planting. As a result the carrots in the share will be smaller because those are the ones that survived. We seed 4 plantings of carrots, so we are not worried about them (yet ;) because they are still immature and don't reach too deep into the soil.
As for the share this week it will include: aforementioned carrots, beets, potatoes, summer squashes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, fresh onions, cabbage, head lettuce, fennel, radicchio, tomatoes and corn.
The fruit share will include blueberries, peaches, plums, and apricots.
Don't forget your Savage Wheat Project Order

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