Two things are really good this August: honey and melons. Honey and melons have a very close connection; it takes bees the makers of honey to fertilize melon vines to produce big and plentiful melons. Our bees seem to have been working like crazy this season so, on Monday, we took off three full shallow supers of honey, each about 60 pounds from our bee hives. We extracted (removing the honey from the frames)it on Tuesday, (see the pictures on this blog) and we have 33 quarts of beautiful golden honey to share at the farm. That’s lots of good eating!
If you come to the fall farm festival, you too will have an opportunity to share in some of the farm’s honey harvest. And because the bees are working so diligently, so too is the melon harvest a good one. It takes a lot of trips back and forth from each cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon flower to pollinate it so that it will produce an outstanding melon.
This year, the melons are big and plentiful. Now if the weather will just stay warm and dry for a couple of weeks, the melons should be near perfect. The cantaloupes and honeydews are hitting their peak this week and next and the watermelons are just beginning to ripen. We’ve been enjoying a few of the early watermelons for refreshment at the farm.
A little painting, a little fencing, quite a bit of pulling up and rolling of reusable plastic mulch, and quite a few more jars of pickles made filled up our week. We are sad to say goodbye to intern Emily who leaves to go back to college. She will be making the delivery route on Thursday (Vincent, Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, and
Midwest) and then catching a bus that will take her back to . Indiana
Gigi and Robin will be heading up north after packing up the share boxes and sending everyone off. We’ll be spending four days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Intern Holly will be taking care of the farm with help from Liz and several neighbors who will be stopping by to help out. We are really looking forward to paddling and camping and cooking our good farm food far from home.
Until next week………..
What’s in your share this week:
Honeydew (Diplomat) or Cantaloupe (Sarah’s Choice, Burpee Hybrid, Pulsar)
Summer Squash (Lita, Spineless Beauty, Sunburst, President, Cash Flow, Cavelli)
Beets (Red Ace, Merlin)
Cucumber (Raider, Diva)
Eggplant (Dancer, Galine, Thai Green, Orient Express, Classic)
Radish (Diakon – Summer Cross)
Peppers Sweet (Carmen, Islander, Gypsy)
Peppers Hot (El Jefe Jalapeno, Serrano Del Sol Serrano)
Onions (Sierra Blanca)
Tomato (Taxi yellow, Orange Blossom orange)
Basil (Lime, Thai)