Lately, the days on the farm have been starting early. Terra, Matt and Max are up with the sun to beat the heat. Most days, they’ve put in a full 8 hours of work by early afternoon. The fields are in need of constant attention whether it’s harvesting, weeding, tilling and keeping a watchful eye for pests that can take down entire crops.
I visited the farm this past Friday during the harvest for the weekend markets. The changes in the fields from week to week is dramatic as the tomato plants seem to almost grow before your eyes. Believe me when I say there’s really nothing like eating a ripe tomato, still warm from the sun and just picked from the vine.
The smell of the basil was almost intoxicating as both purple and green leaves were cut and bundled.
In another field, beneath the cover of the large, green leaves the elegant yellow and green squash can be found along with orange blossoms hosting honey bees looking for pollen. Summer squash is in abundance at the farm this year. It has been a labor of love to bring in this particular crop. Patience and persistence are more than paying off.
Squash isn’t the only crop that is abundant this year. Beets are plentiful as well. As Terra bundles bunch after bunch together for market she jokingly says this is ‘the year of the beet.’ I for one, am not complaining.
A few more images from the morning…
The winner for the giveaway has been chosen and notified via email. Thanks to all who commented. I loved reading about all the great adventures you’re having this summer!
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