It must be the nature of the work that I do, solitary and not especially mentally challenging, that contributes to my brain deciding to entertain itself by playing songs in my head. They tend to be somewhat annoying songs like the theme song to “Green Acres”, or “On a Wonderful Day Like Today”. I try to direct my brain to play more palatable songs but inevitably I find the same old annoying tunes filling my head. Ugh! I could just carry my iPod and listen to it while I work, but I like to hear the sounds of nature and the farm while I am out in the fields and the iPod closes out all the outside sounds so I guess I’ll just have to live with the songs in my head for now. When the weather gets cooler I can play tunes in the greenhouse without my ear pods and without drowning out all the other farm sounds and I won’t have to listen to my brain tapes for a while.
Speaking of cooler weather, we are well into our fall season now, but typical of Central Texas weather it hasn’t been all that cool yet. We are still having highs well into the 80s and lower 90s which takes its toll on some of the less heat tolerant cool weather crops. We are expecting our first strong cold front tonight which will drop our temperatures about 20 degrees. In fact, Ron is out obtaining more PCV pipe for row cover supports in case we get a freeze this weekend.
The cool weather crops will definitely perk up with the colder temperatures, but it is a shame we won’t be getting much rain along with this cold front. With the return of El Nino we were hoping for a wet fall, however that has not been the case and we are over 2 inches behind on our normal October rainfall. We are currently hand watering all of our crops which is very time consuming so we have decided to install drip irrigation during the winter as one of our major projects. We also intend to start using our well water for crop irrigation since our rainwater collection system is not providing nearly enough water to irrigate our fields. Installing a new drip system and using well water will save us both time and money which will be a boost to our bottom line and our productivity.
Our fall crops are doing quite well despite the warm temps and lack of rain. The cool weather crops are holding their own and the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and squash are still producing plenty of fruits for our farm shares.
Just look at all the tomatoes we are harvesting!
We have brussels sprouts, potatoes, cabbage, kale, arugula, collards and cauliflower growing in the market garden area.
In our one west raised bed we have beets, leeks and broccoli well established and some peppers and eggplants still hanging on from the summer season.
Our farm membership is growing steadily and we are getting lots of very positive feedback from our new members. Several of our members have been members of other CSA farms and are able to compare our produce with what they have received from other farms and they tell us that our produce is fresher and higher quality than what they had been getting which is very encouraging to us as new farmers. We will always be a very small farm and as such we focus on providing the very best quality possible along with as much variety as we can manage.
Our current fall farm shares contain tomatoes, bell peppers, kale, swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, arugula, pie pumpkins, buttercup squash, white scalloped squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, basil and parsley. Upcoming attractions include broccoli, beets, carrots, parsnips, leeks, potatoes, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and Asian greens!
Stay warm and safe and have a Happy Halloween!