Summertime.. and the living is… busy!
On a day like today, when temperatures are hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago the fields were literally full of water and the mercury hovered only in the mid 60’s.
The fields are responding to the rain from a couple of weeks ago and the heat of the past few days. Our harvest crates are overflowing with zucchini, cucumbers, and summer squash.
Just the other day we harvested over 200 lbs of cucumbers over the course of a couple of hours. We are pulling over 100 pounds of cucumbers, 50 to 75 pounds of zucchini, and many heads of lettuce, bunches of turnips, kale and chard from the fields every day.
We have had to schedule extra deliveries and pick ups with our partners because we are running out space in our large refrigerator to keep the produce cool!
Sometimes it is hard to keep up with the crops…
… but we have a feeling this zucchini will find a good home in a casserole, soup or zucchini bread in the kitchens of the Salvation Army.
The flowers, including cosmos, zinnias, snapdragons, sweet william, celosia, and marigolds also love the sun and their bright colors brighten the fields and lure important pollinators into the fields.
If you are interested in ordering a bouquet for your office, please contact us we will get back to you shortly.
We are excited to see some of our mid-season crops ripening and starting to come out of the fields including Orient Express Eggplant and Purple Islander Peppers.
Many hands play a part in caring for these veggies in the field and bringing in the harvest. Last week my parents, Jane and Jonathan Meigs, joined me to harvest peas and adorn our new shed with cheerful window boxes.
Some of the projects, like stringing our tomatoes, cover me in pollen and leave my hands a bit swollen and sore…
…but the beautiful crops that result and the smiles on the faces of our staff at Stonehill, the volunteers, and our partners (and some trusty hand balm) help them heal up quickly and make ready for another day in the fields.
Soon we will be harvesting Sweet Corn, Green Beans and Tomatoes!
Come visit us to see the bounty for yourself and help us with the harvest.