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CSA Week 2

Posted 5/20/2010 7:35pm by Larry Brandenburg.

Finally our internet is up and running again. They put up a new antennae today that enables us to shoot through the trees on Jeptha Knobs eight miles away and get a good connection.  We've been down since last weekend.  Too much rain weighing down the leaves on the trees.  I am hoping to get your weekly updates out to you earlier in the week in the future.  Maybe the new technology will help.

Well, it's raining again.  The rain does help water the plants but there comes a point where too much moisture is harmful.  Fruits, such as the strawberries you will get this week, will not be as sweet since they are water logged.  Lettuces do not like this much precipitation and can become susceptible to disease.
We have thousands of plants we need to get in the ground but it is too wet.

One of the advantages of being a CSA Partner is that you will become more aware of the weather and how it is effecting your food.  Not a problem when you go to the grocery and buy stuff shipped in thousands of miles from temperate climates grown on factory farms.  Local food comes with risks and you will be much more sensitive to the issues facing small family farms here in Kentucky.

In spite of all of this, everything is growing well and we should have another bounty of lettuce, sugar snap peas, strawberries and mint.

If you are picking up at the farm, please try to come after 3:00.  Last week we got way behind schedule as we had not had enough time to harvest everything.  We are a small farm with a few workers and they can't do everything in the morning hours.  Tomorrow may be even more challenging as the forecast is for rain and thunderstorms.  We do harvest in the rain but there are conditions where I will not allow anyone to risk their well being.

Tomorrow is going to be extra busy as we will be hosting the training for all of the organic inspectors in the state.  I guess that this is an honor for us since they thought we would be a good example of how one should grow organically according to the standards of the National Organic Program.  I have had to tidy up a bit as the mowing had been pushed to the back burner.

We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend.  Thank you so much for your support of local, organic, sustainable farming.

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