The Last 700
This week marks our last plantings in the greenhouse, our last 700 trays of veggies: lettuce, endive, kales, broccoli, cabbage, fennel, leeks, parsley and radicchio. One last succession to be seeded up in the barn, germinate and transplanted for fall. It is hard to believe we have already arrived at a place in our season when the greenhouses will no longer be needed. They have provided amazing shelter from the cold wet months in early spring and helped in these warm sun-filled long days of summer.
This has been a highly successful greenhouse year with optimal growth and very few setbacks. The sound of the hinged door opening with the fans blowing, warm light penetrating and the smell of fresh greens have enveloped all of our days thus far in 2019, and for this we are truly grateful.
This week we have added new faces to our crew from places far and near and we are excited to have more hands-on deck as we head into 3 months of solid harvest. Emily has been working extremely hard in training everyone with food safety practices so that we can collectively do our best for GAP certification. Good Agricultural Practices (or GAP for short) is an USDA audit program and is one way that farms can take food safety to a higher level. Beginning this year, mid-sized farms and larger will be required to utilize these practices, many of which we have complied with for years, but now thanks to Emily, we have a training process that allows for better understanding and engagement.
In the fields, our cucumbers, zucchini and yellow summer squash plants are all producing lovely veggies and we are excited to start offering these in the coming weeks. For those of you like myself waiting patiently for the blueberries to turn, we are still about a week away. The cooler wet days have pushed their maturation back a bit, however we are anticipating very juicy delicious fruit!
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