Abbe Hills Farm CSA

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Incredible sweeet corn this week, could use some rain

Greetings shareholders,

This week, we'll have potatoes, onions, garlic, Incredible sweet corn, beets, beans, eggplant, bell peppers, chard, kale, basil, dill, fennel, and a little bit of okra.  Sadly, this variety of garlic, Chesnock Red, is also small.  Last year's drought really kicked the garlic in the teeth and we're seeing the consequences now.  Unfortunately, we now seem to be headed in the same direction this year.  We need some rain!!!

The Incredible corn is very very nice.  I believe we will have plenty of it, so I imagine I will have some for sale by the end of the week.  Keep an eye on the farm Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/abbehillsfarm , to find out when it will be available.  This would be the time to put some corn in the freezer.

Bell peppers are starting to size up nicely so expect to have them every week from now on.  I saw five red slicer tomatoes when I took my walkaround last night, so we are getting closer.  We are able to irrigate the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, some of the beans, and all of the fall crops.  While it is a TON of work, and I hate doing it, I'm glad we have the infrastructure to make irrigation happen.  It will make it more likely that we'll have something for you to eat each week this fall.  But kale, collards, okra, and chard aren't set up for irrigation so we just have to hope for the best for those crops.  Actually, the heat this week will be a pretty good thing for crop development (we're still about three weeks behind on most crops) but would be even better with a good soaking.

We're planting the fall greens this week; lettuce, cabbage, chois, mustards, turnips, and radishes.  Only 45 days until the first frost!

We had a fun time at the wedding in Wyoming this weekend, and my crew did a great job while I was gone.  I got to see what a real drought looks like, too.  Kind of glad I'm able to do what I do here in green Iowa.

See you this week,
Laura

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