August 16 – From the Farmer……..
It has been a quiet, solitary week at Nitty Gritty Dirt Farm. Intern Sam worked the farm to-do list, kept all the critters fed and watered and kept solitary vigil at the farm while Robin and Gigi were away being camp directors at the United Church of Christ Pilgrim Point Camp in
, Mn. Sam said he enjoyed the quiet and being in charge of everything. And he did a great job – even got all the fledgling grape vines re-tied to their baby stakes. Alexandria
Speaking of babies, we have a few new babies at the farm.
, our new Cheyenne rabbit doe gave birth to nine baby bunnies on Sunday morning. She seems to be a good mom, having pulled a good nest of soft, downy breast hair to make a comfy nest, and she seems to be feeding the babies regularly. In the same lean-to area of the barn, the eggs in the Barn Swallow nest up on the rafter has hatched and tiny baby bird heads pop over the top with beaks wide open every time the parent swallows return with tasty tidbits for the babies. California
We lose one more intern this week as Sara goes back to school. This is her last day harvesting and she will be making a final delivery drop at the UTS
drop site. Be sure to tell Sara thanks and goodbye if you pick up at UTS. New Brighton
It is very dry at the farm. We could certainly use a good, soaking rain. Most of the crops continue to look pretty good in spite of the dryness – but much longer with no substantial rain and our fall crops will really be hurting.
Hooray – there are watermelons in the boxes this week! We grow four kinds of watermelons – three of them looking almost identical on the outside. The dark and light green stripe melons will be either red or orange or yellow on the inside. All of them are delicious – but our farm favorite is the yellow, called Sunshine. The pale green melons are pink inside – fully ripe and sweet – an old time variety called Mickey Lee.
All is well at the farm…. until next week….. Robin
What’s In Your Share this week:
Watermelon Sunshine (yellow inside), Starlight (red), New Orchid (orange), Mickey Lee (pink)
Sweet Pepper Gypsy (yellow), Islander (purple)
Hot Pepper El Jefe Jalapeno, Serrano Del Sol
Eggplant Classic (purple), Galine (purple), Dancer (pink), Thai Green
Tomatillo Toma Verde
Summer Squash Assorted
Kale Toscano (Dinosaur Kale)
(yellow), Red Zeppelin (red) Walla Walla
Tomatoes Taxi (yellow), Orange Blossom (orange), Pink Beauty (pink), Paragon (red), Red and Yellow Pears, Purple Russian
Basil Genovese, Purple