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October 9, 2018

Cilantro
Japanese Eggplant
Frisée
Red Butter Lettuce
Curly Parsley
Poblano Peppers
Red Bell Peppers
Early Girl Dry Farmed Tomatoes
Rosemary
Rubenstar Apples

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October 2, 2018

Fall is in the air. You can feel that the season has changed as we round the corner into fall. The leaves on the trees are changing color and the first chestnuts are falling on our Ocean St. Extension Farm.
 
We just had our final farm dinner of 2018 out there on that farm, under the big chestnut and it was a lovely and delicious evening. Everyone, including those who worked it, seemed to be stoked to celebrate the fall equinox with our guest chef Diego Felix of Colectivo Felix and our perennial guest winemaker Denis Hoey of Odonata Wines. It’s always great to share and connect with folks and to see what’s possible in this land of potential abundance. We hope that this special place remains special and protected for many generations and I think everyone that visits feels it as well.

The fall crop lineup still includes a lot of summer crops that will continue until the real cold weather begins. So far tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and a few melons are coming in. Mixed in with those are the late season crops like apples, potatoes, kale, broccoli, arugula, the various chicories, beets and the winter squash mix of delicata and kabochas. Persimmons are showing their first orange blush so that means they should be coming on at the end of October. Here’s to a bountiful fall season for all of us!… Read the rest

October 2, 2018

Arugula
Lacinato Kale
Red Butter Lettuce
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers
Yellow Bell Peppers
Spinach
Delicata Winter Squash
Pink Pearl Potatoes
Yellow Summer Squash… Read the rest

September 25, 2018

Italian Basil
Arugula
Carrots
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Red Bell Pepper
Radicchio
Spinach
Gala Apples
Yellow Summer Squash
Mint… Read the rest

September 18, 2018

Carrots
Fennel
Lacinato Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Yellow Sweet Peppers
Jimmy Nardello Peppers
Spinach
Pink Pearl Potatoes
McIntosh Apples
Onions… Read the rest

September 11, 2018

It is hard to believe that September is upon us already. It is the peak season and everything we have planted for summer, in addition to our year round crops, is contributing to a crescendo of variety that is hard to keep track of.  I think we counted 58 different food crop items and 7 flower crops on our tables at the farmers markets this week.  It is pretty mind-boggling for a farm our size. Some might think it’s insane but there is a bit of method to this big bunch of madness. Diversity as a strategy for organic/ecological pest control is one of the best ways to mimic how nature creates its own balance and thus be less dependent on conventional forms of control. 
 
We humans have gone through an evolution of food production that likely started out using natural systems in very small localized conditions. Then as agriculture became more widespread, it went through phases of trial and error until we reached what we thought was the pinnacle of modern science. In this mass production scale mono-cropping type of agriculture, success was achieved for a time by trying to control every aspect of the food system regardless of what was going on around it. What was going on around it was nature starting to fight back by trying it’s best to repopulate ecological diversity with its natural control agents, namely insects, weeds and diseases. Man succeeded for a time in suppressing nature. This success is now seen as temporary as it has become harder and harder to fend off ever more resistant diseases and pests in the agricultural sphere by having to develop more powerful forms of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Much of agriculture, even conventional,  is starting to take notice and is implementing biological controls more and more, not because of appearances but because they actually work in the long term. The old adage that “Nature knows best” still applies.
 
Speaking of nature, the climate is being fickle this year. The usual summer heat we get near the coast in September is not showing up so far but we are hoping to see some sunnier weather before the end of the month arrives.  In the meantime, enjoy the bounty and the diversity!… Read the rest

September 11, 2018

Cilantro
Fennel
Green Butter Lettuce
Corno di Toro Peppers
Jalapeño Peppers
Spinach
Yellow Summer Squash
Oregano
Rosemary
Strawberry Jam… Read the rest

September 4, 2018

Rainbow Chard, Carrots, Frisee, Green Butter Lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce, Red Onions, Bell Peppers, Lucky Tiger Cherry Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Red Bartlett Pears, Gold Summer Zucchini, Sage… Read the rest

August 28, 2018

Gravenstein Apples, Red Beets, Carrots, Green Kale, Kohlrabi, Green Butter Lettuce, Red Butter Lettuce, Bell Peppers, Corno di Toro Peppers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Early Girl Tomatoes, Yellow Summer Squash… Read the rest

August 21, 2018

Red Cabbage
Cilantro
Fennel
Red Butter Lettuce
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Heirloom Tomatoes
Early Girl Tomatoes
Orange Bell Peppers
Poblano Peppers
Red Haven Peaches
Sage
Shishito Frying Peppers… Read the rest