A different kind of summer

Sprout Farm News Letter July 6th, 2020 www.sproutfarm.net     open 9-5 daily

Good Morning Everyone,

  This is our post July 4th, pre birthday newsletter.  We spent the holiday with friends and spent the day after the holiday cleaning up the garden.  Our efficiency is legendary and we even managed to fall in love with someone born on the same day.  So July 7th is our unofficial family holiday but we will be working on the farm.  The other two July 7th birthdays take too long to explain.

   I'm still trying to figure out how I lost control of the weeds so early.  I'm going to chalk it up to mask making.  Summer is here and there is no time to sew anything.

            Jay has been traveling to Wrentham so we have some occasional offerings.  He brought back local sweet cherries.  We don't see those every year.  The first planting of sugar snap peas is coming to an end but the second planting looks OK.  We couldn't water the raspberries so they are small but on occasion you may find a container or two in the cooler.  It is going to be a couple of weeks before we see the first local sweet corn.  It was a wet spring during planting time.  We're waiting like everyone else but we hear that some of the supermarket corn is pretty good.  We'll wait some more.  We watch the weather and rejoice every time we see a squall line mover through Southeastern Mass where the corn grows.  Past years have taught us that a long stretch of dry sunny weather is coming. Some farmers will be planting corn through July so please don't think that you've missed your chance to plant things like green beans.  It's amazing how fast they grow in the summer heat.

    The greenhouse tomato saga continues.  Last November Jay's tomato plug order was canceled but someone forgot to tell us about the cancellation.  So in March we eagerly awaited the trays of tomato plugs and we waited until Jay called and the oops was discovered.  "Send us some indeterminate tomato plugs!"  and they did but they were not bred for greenhouse growing.  So we now are forced to pick the tomatoes very early or green because if the tomatoes stay on the vine until ripe, and the vines are very impressive, they crack and are unsaleable.  So if you are looking to make that signature batch of green tomato piccalilli, call ahead and we'll find you some green tomatoes.  Same price as the red ones but they will be local.

    The summer squash and zucchini are starting to come in.  I've been staying out of the farm stand because there are no end to the weeds but I did notice that Jay posted a sign saying please do not ask the staff to go out and pick anything.  The rest of the sign explains why.

    The kittens will be three weeks old tomorrow.  Mama moved them underneath a bed so it's not easy to check up on them.  She's still eating enough for six so we assume everything is OK.  I reached under and picked them all up on the 4th and they are cute.

     So we have a few annuals left and  we still have plenty of hanging  baskets. They give the farm a colorful look from the street.  The seeding house has lots of plug trays with our later crops already started.  It is easier to weed the beds then transplant the plugs then to start the seeds in the ground and hope they win the race against the weeds.  Let me know if you are interested in one of the double loop weeding sticks.  I have enough supplies to make up a couple of them.  They work well for me because the tilling leaves the soil loose and the loops can easily pull out the early weeds without bending over.

That's all for now.  Come on down and see what we have going on.

  See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout

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