Dear Members, neighbors, friends and family –
Welcome to a new season of Lineage Farm vegetables. We are set to begin harvests in under two weeks, and things are growing well! Your first shares will offer lettuces and salad greens, scallions and garlic scapes, kale and chard and other greens, radishes and sweet salad turnips. In the weeks to follow, broccoli will join the ranks, as well (fingers crossed!) as cauliflower – a first on our farm. Beets and carrots are hot on the hakurei turnips' heels, and of course summer squash, zucchini, and cucumbers round out the end of June baskets.
Last week was beautifully productive. We planted all of the heat lovers into the field, including a ridiculous number of peppers (mostly sweet, some hot and some shishito), slightly fewer eggplants (still near 2000 plants if my math is not overly suffering from new baby syndrome), and 600 tomato plants. This season Jon decided to jump into cherry tomatoes in a large way, and included a batch of saucing tomatoes in with the varieties of slicer or sandwhich tomatoes. He enjoys choosing heirlooms from Turtle Tree Seed, Adaptive Seeds, and Uprising Seeds. To be honest, I haven't kept track of all the varieties we are growing this year – I was pretty busy with a baby when he was ordering seeds, and our crew has been awesome in the greenhouse.
Charlie is enjoying working alongside his brother, sending smiles from his perch in the baby carrier as Sammy trellised tomatoes. He has slept through me driving the transplant team up and down a few beds of potatoes, and does occasionally yell for me to drop whatever I'm hoeing and get him some milk! He's a beautiful, sweet, and largely content little 3 1/2 month old, and we feel blessed to have him in our midst.
And Sam will be running the farm crew by the end of the season. He is right in the middle of all the action, transplanting, weeding, singing. He has his own shovel for burying the edges of the row cover, and his own seat on the transplanter.
The only hurdle of significance at the moment is the indomitable combination of incredibly windy days and the equally incredibly high numbers of flea beetles ready to devour all brassicas the moment they are uncovered. Gusts of 40-50 mph regularly tear the row cover off the garden beds, tossing it about, and sending ripped shreds soaring into the skies. C'est la vie, at least in Copake. Please excuse any bok choi, tat soi, or kale leaves with tiny holes. The taste will still be delicious.
We are starting our Good Food for Hudson fundraiser campaign this Tuesday. Thank you to all who have already donated through our website or on the paper forms. This is our Food Initiative in Hudson, bringing our own as well as other local products to Hudson residents who could not otherwise access organic and biodynamic vegetables, bread, and eggs. Please consider supporting this work – visit www.barnraiser.us/projects/good-food-for-hudson-2017 to donate online. Donations can be tax deductible if you send them through our fiscal sponsor. Send us an email if you prefer that route and I will send you the address and other details.
From the fields,
Jon, Jen, Sam and Charlie
Babacar and Nina