Welcoming Emily & Summertime
We are excited to have our good friend and long time Full Circle Farm employee Emily Thomson back at the farm with us. For many years, Emily wrote the field notes, worked sales, set up our GAP certification, managed employees, tended the crops, and is an overall amazing botanist and food aficionado. She will be back in action with us, and we are so grateful to have her expertise, patience and incredible love for farming and the land back in our lives.
As we say goodbye to May and look to June, we recognize how dry the month has been and have already engaged all of our irrigation systems. The fields have dried out completely except for one tiny low spot at the dead center of the farm. It has become quite popular for wildlife. All tracks have led to this space, and we can really feel the long heat-filled days, pressing us to hydrate constantly. Finding a cool moment in shade is harder to come by, and when we do get a glimpse of cloudy weather, it feels very refreshing.
Come June, the sun beats down long and hard, and the greenhouses are no longer the favorite place to work. Frequent watering tends to diminish the nutrients in the soil mix for our transplants so the optimal window of every three weeks gets shifted to two or less at this time of year. Most plants are germinating immediately within the first two to three days and growth is off the charts. We planted up winter squash on Tuesday and already on Thursday, they are fully popped and onto their second leaves.
We are continuing to work the new ground we started last season over at Carnation Farms and will be planting root crops for the fall, beets, carrots, turnips and parsnips leaving the potatoes for another season. As we continue harvesting radishes and spinach, our sights are moving soon to lettuce. Enjoy all the abundance coming into season here locally in Washington.
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