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!