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Late Summer Growth

HHFThe half inch of rain that fell from the sky this past weekend is helpful for the plants, the dry, dry earth and the spirits of the farmers, who have been watering and tending to the scorched plants as best as possible. The farmers are grateful that customers have continued to come to the Farm Stand, desiring arugula, and instead embracing pea shoots.

Farming is hard work as so stated in the definition of organic farming. It is made even harder when weather and uncontrollable elements stand in the way. The farmers will keep trying to make sure the Farm Stand, the Market and the occasional restaurant provide organic produce.

The recent spat of dry weather has tested so many people’s patience. Here is New England, we deal with this drought, while others around us deal with fire and flood. The climate has a propensity to change. I hope many people are changing, changing their attitude towards expecting a green lawn throughout the summer. Let it go. I see lawn signs that promote a variety of candidates this political season and that promote “brown as the new green”. It will rain again, the sun will continue to rise and grass is a perennial crop.

As for ongoing annuals, the farmers have an eye towards autumn, as we last week heeled in over 500 broccoli plants. Lettuce seedlings are waiting for their moment to be transferred from their start trays to go into the ground and become beautiful heads of lovely lettuce. The broccoli plants will need time and the calendar will oblige.

Though school children and teachers are desperately stocking up on ideas, lessons and white lined paper, the end of summer does not arrive until September 21. This seasonal switch will still allow for sunny days, though shortened, and warm spells so the majestic broccolis can produce their crowns.

We need to hold on a bit. The late summer crops will mature. The soil will give nutrients to the plants new and old. The grass will appear greener and we will change with the climate. Adapt and adjust and keep on carefully growing. See you at the barn these late summer days and again in for autumn greens, as the leaves on the trees turn to bright hues of yellows, orange and golden.

© 2016, Jon Belber. All rights reserved. Friends of Holly Hill Farm

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