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August 14, 2018

Red Chard
Cilantro
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Jalapeño Peppers
Strawberries
Blenheim Apricots
Red Haven Peaches
Treviso Radicchio
Pink Pearl Potatoes
Sage
Early Girl Tomatoes… Read the rest

August 7, 2018

Avocado
Broccoli
Cilantro
Butter Lettuce
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Poblano Peppers
Strawberries
Yellow Onions
Oregano
Early Girl Tomatoes… Read the rest

July 31, 2018

Yellow Summer Squash
Cilantro
Lacinato Kale
Frisée
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Curly Parsley
Jalapeño Peppers
Poblano Peppers
Dry Farm Early Girl Tomatoes
Strawberries… Read the rest

July 24, 2018

Lemon Basil
Green Chard
Frisée
Green Curly Kale
Kohlrabi
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Yellow Summer Squash
Strawberries
Rosemary
Bunching Onions… Read the rest

July 17, 2018

Cilantro
Purple Cauliflower
Lacinato Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Blenheim Apricots
Strawberries
Yellow Summer Squash
Padrón Peppers… Read the rest

July 3, 2018

Italian Basil
Green Cabbage
Rainbow Swiss Chard
Fennel
Green Kale
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
Purplette Onions
Strawberries
Sage… Read the rest

July 24, 2018

Keeping up is the name of the game in late July. It’s full summer mayhem in the fields right now. Every day it seems like another summer crop is maturing. We have been patiently waiting for tomato season and as of today, it is on! Quantities will be increasing daily and it will soon overwhelm us as usual, but like I say, it’s better to have too much than to not have enough! 
 
Although we are not baking like some folks inland, we are getting a fair amount of sun after the fog burns off. Nighttime temperatures are remaining warm due to the coastal fog cover that rolls in. Due to this, there is an acceleration of the ripening of crops. The Early Girl, heirloom and Sungold cherry tomatoes are all pumping out the first few colorful boxes. You should be seeing them at the local farmers markets this week. 
 
Pest issues have been minimal this year thanks to our very diverse plantings and the surrounding natural habitats. The one exception is that the Italian basil is now starting to be impacted by the dreaded black mold which infects the underside of the basil leaves. This has become more and more of a problem in recent years and we have yet to find a resistant variety to combat it.
 
Despite that mold issue on the basil, all the fruit crops are looking good. The Blenheim apricots came off well for us this year and the plums are ongoing and looking and smelling great! 
 
We placed all of our pheromone lures in the apple trees. These traps confuse the Codling Moth once it starts looking to reproduce and multiply; the proverbial worm in the apple. It’s the single best non-toxic effective control known. The apples are delayed this year but the fruit set looks good. Enjoy the summer!  Fall will be here before we know it…… Read the rest

July 10, 2018

The aromas on the farm are all the more potent due to the hot and sunny days we have had of late. Most of the smells wafting around are good…the surrounding redwoods, the bay laurel trees and of course all our patches of culinary herbs.
 
Now the added smell of ripening summer fruit is in the air. Plums, peaches and apricots are all changing colors and emitting their intoxicating aromas. It’s a great time but it also means the workload is doubling up. If there were 18 hours of daylight, it might still not be enough for us.
 
Irrigating, harvesting and weeding, they all need doing. Our walk in cooler is overflowing on a daily basis as we try to keep up with the summer bounty. We try to set aside times for all the different jobs but the daily harvest requirements leave very little time for much else. Prioritizing what needs to get done versus what has to wait is the game right now. 
 
It’s always interesting to see how people’s food choices change with the seasons. We end up selling a lot less kale and lettuce once summer fruit season starts. Makes sense right?  Fresh fruit is only around for a much shorter window, so why not make the most of it while you can? 
 
Flowers of all different kinds are also in bloom, finally. The majestic sunflowers, spiky gladiolas and the eye-catching dahlias all break up the neat crop rows and make work a little more pleasant.
 
If you haven’t been to a farmers’ market in a while, now is a great time to go. The diversity of vegetables, fruit and flowers is truly inspiring and eye catching!… Read the rest

July 10, 2018

Red Beets
Red Cabbage
Broccoli
Frisee
Red Little Gem Lettuce
Green Little Gem Lettuce
Italian Parsley
Green Gage Plums
Spinach
Zucchini
Strawberries
Rosemary… Read the rest