Archive for August 1st, 2015

UPDATE ON THE FARM–August 1st

We have lost the first planting of corn to deer, and they have grazed the tops off the purple sweet potato plants–The Farmer thinks he has fixed the issue with the electric fence. The pumpkins, Hubbards, and Hidatsa squash all seem to be fine, and the deer don’t eat the tops of potatoes…probably because they are a member of the nightshade family and toxic.  This is in the newly developed acre at MKL’s place.

I took a ride around the farm this morning–we are being invaded by puncture vine!  I HATE that stuff!!  It is hard to control organically and The Farmer has not had time to walk the garden with his sharpened shovel and scrape them up–I wonder if we can find an organic weed control??–most of what we have read about has to be applied when the plants are young…so, too late for that!

Other than rampant puncture vine I saw exploded Alcosa cabbages and Farao that are ripe and ready for harvest…also found the last Gonzales cabbages and one lone Caraflex that evaded the mass harvest this week!  We saw side production of broccoli that needs to be harvested–maybe tomorrow…and zucchini and summer squash that was ready AGAIN!  But the biggest thrill was the melons that will be ready in a week to ten days–and no refrigeration in place just yet for them…Farmer has not made it to Casper yet to pick up the supplies.

To Read More go to http://www.lloydcraftfarms.com Update on the Farm page, August 1st heading–

Cabbage For Sale- Canners UPDATE

We harvested the last of the Caraflex cabbage–I have a couple tubs of splits…cabbage heads that split before we harvested or right when we picked them…will make wonderful cabbage burgers or sauerkraut or slaw.  Leaves are tender and sweet–  $.50/#

We also have full heads of Farao–our favorite early green cabbage.  Also good for cabbage burgers, slaw, and sauerkraut–a little thicker leaf than the Caraflex, sweeter than the storage cabbages in the fall–
Farao: $.75/# OR 6 heads/$25 (heads average 6#)

The pickling cucumbers are coming to an end and the dill is going to seed.  If you are an avid canner you realize this is early by about a month. This will be our last picking this week…cannot guarantee amount that will be available.

Broccoli for freezing will be available in early August–$25/8 heads, $25/20# side production

Green Beans are coming along, but we had crop failure on two of the three plantings. CSA will get first, and then the canner’s orders in the spring will be filled. If I have extras, I will post information.

Tomatoes are ripening. We picked 37 Polbig’s today–an early tomato by almost 2 weeks! Hope to get these in the Shares this week. Celebrity and Heirloom tomatoes will be ready about second week in August.  $40/40# canning tomatoes and paste, $50/40# Heirloom’s.  Spaghetti Sauce kits available with our own Basil–more information to follow–

Onions and peppers will be available for your salsa and other canning needs–

Email craftterri@rtconnect.net OR text or call 431-1219…we will not be at Farmer’s Market tomorrow, August 1st.

The Farmer’s Wife