August 23, 2017

The days are getting noticeably shorter. It’s actually kind of dark when our field crew starts at 6 a.m. After their 15 minute stretching routine it gets a little lighter but that should diminish further and we will soon have to delay their morning start time.
 
The harvest list is growing to include eggplant, multi-colored bell and hot peppers, Gala, McIntosh and Rubenstar apples. We are looking forward to the change in the late summer weather which usually means a switch from foggy to crisp clear mornings. 
 
September is generally dry and cooler but these last few days of August have brought some very moist but warm days which some of us growers call “mildew weather” due to increased instances of downy mildew and other molds which thrive in all day fog. 
 
Basil has been a challenge for us lately with the mildew hitting and missing patches depending on where the plants are located. As of yet there are no downy mildew resistant Italian basil varieties out there, though the lemon basil seems to fair pretty well so we are happy about that.
 
Flower power is in force in the form of dahlias and honestly it’s hard to keep up with them.  Their production is steady and they need picking 2 to 3 times a week to keep the plants going.
 
It’s tough, what with all the other crops also maxxing out. Sleep?  What is that?  Ha ha…