Monday, September 24, 2018

What a Difference a Week Makes! Harvest List for Sept 25th

Last week when I was writing about the harvest, I spent a lot of time kvetching about the heat. Now, 9 days later, we have been in a cool, wet spell. Last Friday we hosted Class D for their annual Autumn Orientation visit. It was cold and rainy and people were in winter hats, rubber boots, and raincoats. There were layers everywhere. The previous Friday for Class C, we were dealing with 90 degree heat and dehydration was a real concern. Whoa!

Tomorrow Class F is coming out to help with the harvest and stay for a total of three days. We are looking forward to some serious adventures.

We have not had any frost yet. So the Class F students can look forward to another big harvest, with a mix of late summer and early fall vegetables:

Tomatoes
Peppers
Hot peppers
Eggplant
Yukon Gold Potatoes

Baby Bok Choy
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Kale (3 types)
Radishes
Romanesco Cauliflower
Cabbage
Napa Cabbage

Red and Yellow Onions
Garlic

Liberty Apples

Beets
Swiss Chard

Zucchini
Yellow Squash
Cucumbers
Winter Squash
Pumpkins

Dill
Parsley
Carrots

Cut Flowers






Sunday, September 16, 2018

It is so hot today! And the market list for Tuesday, September 18th

Whoa. It is hot out there. Excessive heat warnings came today and yesterday. The heat built up all of last week. Mid September - 90 plus degrees. I am not saying that this specific heat wave is caused by global warming, but it is consistent with what we expect from global climate change. More and warmer heat waves. With hurricane Florence battering the Carolinas, I guess a little extra heat is not that much to complain about. Here is how the heat is affecting us:

1. The dry weather meant that farmers all around us were cutting their third crop of hay. We got delivery of 144 bales of hay on Thursday. Thursday evening we unloaded the wagon into the barn, and we have been slowly bringing the hay upstairs into the hay mow. Moving hay bales always seems to result in me being soaked in sweat and covered in itchy hay dust, probably because they "make hay when the sun shines," so the best hay is put up in hot, dry conditions. The flip side is that we have have some very nice hay for our animals to eat in the winter. It smells so good.

2. We got a call from the apple orchard that we typically pick at the week before the harvest festival. They said that all of their apples are ripe ahead of schedule. The warm summer has pushed their apples along too fast, and they are worried that if we don't pick soon, the apples will turn mushy. We went out and checked ours, and they are ripe too. We are going to have to add apple picking to our work this week.

3. Likewise, a warm summer has pushed our broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower plants to mature too soon. We want them to mature after a frost. The frost sweetens them up. They are still tasty. But they could be exceptional.

4. Our sweet corn, which should be at the perfect stage to pick this week on Tuesday, was in danger of getting past us. So I went out today and picked this morning and put it in the fridge.

5. Peppers, which have been lingering at the green stage, are moving en masse into the red ripe stage. Many peppers this week!!! Same for tomatoes. And zucchini!

Here is what we anticipate harvesting this week:

Tomatoes
Peppers
Hot Peppers
Eggplant
Potatoes

Sweet Corn

Zucchini
Cucumbers
Winter Squash
Pumpkins

Apples

Onions
Garlic

Cauliflower
Broccoli
Kale
Baby Bok Choy

Beets
Swiss Chard

Carrots
Herbs - Parsley and Dill

Cut Flowers







   



Monday, September 10, 2018

Market Day on Tuesday September 11th

Tomorrow is our third Market Day of the year. Class F is coming out to help with harvest. We really need their help, because it is going to be a huge harvest!

Here is a list - organized by plant family:

Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Kale
Radishes

Peppers
Hot peppers
Potatoes
Eggplant
Tomatoes

Sweet Corn!!!!!!

Watermelon
Cucumbers
Zucchini

Carrots
Parsley
Cilantro (Possible)
Dill

Onions
Garlic

Beets
Swiss Chard

Green Beans

Cut Flowers (Many Plant Families)

I remember another September 11th when we had a harvest day. A family came out to help harvest and told us that an airplane had flown into the World Trade Center. At first I pictured a small airplane that had gotten lost in the clouds or something. It was eerie that day going about the business of the harvest and market, with no airplanes flying overhead and pauses to watch or listen to the news and sink into the horror of the day. What I remember most was that it was a beautiful, crisp Fall day with an abundant harvest, which seemed so at odds with what was happening in the world. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Market at LCS on Tuesday September 4th

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

I can see the future and in it I am soaking wet while harvesting vegetables and flowers tomorrow.

Here are some things we might harvest if there is no lightning that chases us out of the fields:

Tomatoes
Peppers
Eggplant
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Green Beans
Watermelon
Cut Flowers

But wait! There's more:

Beets
Potatoes
Radishes
Cabbage
Broccoli
Sweet Corn

No really. There is still more:

Kale
Swiss Chard
Parsley
Dill
Hot Peppers
Onions
Garlic

I probably forgot something. There may be cauliflower and/or carrots.

Please come by the market at LCS from 4 to 6 pm and get your fresh produce. It still tastes the same in the rain.

Cheers!
Andy



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

First Market on August 30th


This week we have our first market of the year on Thursday, August 30th in the LCS parking lot from 4 pm to 6 pm. Everyone is invited to come and shop and enjoy the produce.

Here are some things to remember:

  • Bring your own shopping reusable bags.
  • We can take cash, check, or credit card.
  • If you need a large quantity of an item, send us an email (landschool@lakecountryschool.org) a few days ahead, and we can usually harvest it and pack it separate, so you know you will get it.
  • After this Thursday, the remaining markets will be every Tuesday until the end of October.
Here is what we anticipate harvesting this week:

Beets
Bell Peppers
Broccoli
Cucumbers
Cut Flowers
Eggplant
Garlic
Herbs
Kale
Onions
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Zucchini






Thursday, May 3, 2018

Farmstay 4: The End

Today is the last day of FS4. At the beginning I was looking forward to this day, and I still am, but now I am not sure that I want it as much as I thought that I did. All of the things that happened: Occupations, Micro Economy, the list goes on. Micro Economy was the best for me. Even though I only came home with $1.27, I still got the experience, and twenty-five cookies, so what's the downside! Over Farmstay, through a combination of my personal odyssey, taking pictures outside, and my science project, comparing the ground temperature to the cloud cover, I managed to walk all of the trails at the land school, including most deer trails, at least twice. Overall I enjoyed Farmstay and plan to do it again next year.
-Evan

Farm Stay 4: Coming to an end

Our Farmstay visit is coming to an end, but we are still having a blast. We are all bonding together and enjoying life out of the city. Everyone seems to be enjoying the animals.
-Matthew