Notes from the Farm – 8/20/18:
Today, conditions were perfect. The air was noticeably cooler, clouds provided shade, there was not a hint of humidity, and there was no rain pouring down rain on us nor thunder rumbling above. The last six weeks we seem to have had continually harsh weather conditions on the farm, and while we’ve been able to bring in the harvest nonetheless, we gladly rejoice in this break in the weather and hope we may have more days like this ahead.
With farmers feeling rejuvenated, we started in with our tomato harvest. Though tomatoes are among the plants that prefer not to get wet, ours have held up wonderfully thus far and the fruit continue to come in very heavy, so we’ll keep sending you home with lots. Combine it with our basil, onions and garlic to make a great sauce, curry or ratatouille. Today we also began to dig our first potatoes, and with the initial harvest looking good, we’ll plan to start distributing some in the next couple weeks.
This week we are happy to welcome a Yale Harvest group to Massaro. Harvest is a pre-orientation program for incoming first-years to Yale, run by student leaders through the Yale Sustainable Food Program. A group of eight students are camping here on the farm and working with us throughout the day. We’ve partnered with the Harvest program for nine years now, and as we’ve done in the past, we’ll close the U-Pick area this week, and with the extra hands we have, we’ll plan to pick the green beans, cherry tomatoes and herbs out there.
Farmer Steve and our Farmers: Alyssa, Dan, Kayla, Chloe, Becca, Amy, Dan
In This Week’s Distribution
Our Harvest: Tomatoes, Garlic, Onion, Eggplant, Peppers, Cucumber, Lettuce, Basil
U-Pick: Closed this week
Fruit Option: ‘Milton’ Apples