The Rhythm of Summer

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Good Morning Everyone,

We have continued our radio ads so here is the latest news from Jay, "FOR OVER 25 YEARS SPROUT FARM STAND AND GREENHOUSE HAS BROUGHT YOU FRESH LOCALLY GROWN

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND THIS SEASON IS NO EXCEPTION. YOU MAY FIND MINOR CHANGES IN THE WAY WE DO THINGS IE; PACKAGING OF SOME FORMALLY BAG YOUR OWN ITEMS ,BUT SPROUTS IS COMMITTED TO BRINGING YOU FRESH PRODUCE AT GREAT EVERYDAY PRICES, NOW HARVESTING SQUASH, CUKES , BEANS, AND ASSORTED GREENS"

    We are waiting to hear from Sauchuk Farm about the corn.  They are selling it retail at their farm stand in Plympton but that is a long drive for a couple of ears of corn.  Be patient and I will do the driving for you.  We hope it will be available wholesale some time this week.  I have been driving to the Big Apple in Wrentham for sweet cherries.  The season is short and yesterday they were hoping the rain would pass them by so the cherries would not split.  We'll have to wait and see how much rain they received and what effect it had on the crop.

    We have lots of basil plants, parsley, red and sun gold cherry tomato plants along with pepper and eggplants in pots.  We have Kale in six packs but we may have to bring it out of the seeding house.  The floor is slippery in that house so please ask for help.  The cutting flowers are the tall ageratum, giant African marigolds and black-eyed susans.  Those aren't in bloom yet so check the tags.

We''ve been chasing critters this week.  While reading a book in the evening I heard the driveway alert go off.  From the deck I could see two large sets of eyes reflecting the light back from the hand held spot light.  It's hard to gauge the size of an animal from 200 feet away but once I figured out that they were too big for coyotes they must be deer and indeed they were.  They were hanging around the compost pile and not in the garden.  I circled the outside perimeter of the fence but didn't see them inside or outside the fence.   The next day Jay took the brush mower and went after the weeds in the garden where he flushed out a rabbit.  After a short chase on foot he ran down the rabbit and brought it up to the stand holding it by the scruff of the neck.  Rabbits are cute, just not in the garden.  He knew what to do to remove the problem permanently but not while the women were watching so he released it over by the fish pond.   I wish the coyotes would take care of the rabbit problem.  The kittens are more mobile this week and I expect we'll be chasing them soon too.

    The rhythm on the farm has changed to summer mode of till, plant, weed, harvest and repeat.  I'm not sorry to see the hand watering of perennials and annuals come to an end. 

     Jessie is spending a lot of time sleeping at the house but if we call her on the baby monitor she'll come down for a visit.

    That's all for now.  Stop by and visit us for the freshest fruits and veggies in Mashpee.

See you soon,

Jay and Phyllis Sprout




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