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August is a Wonderful Month

We think August is one of the best times of the year. Not only is it fair time in our county and many of those nearby, August means really yummy things from the gardens, like sweet corn, watermelon, muskmelon, and tomatoes. It also mean yummy things from the orchards like plums, peaches, nectarines and early season apples. 

If there is one less than wonderful thing about August, it is the time of year our college student employees start leaving to go back to school. Our crew this year has been great and we'll miss those three college football players with their muscles. They had great attitudes, too! Even after working in the heat and dirt all day they would go work out for another two hours or more! School resumes for our high school student employees on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The rest of us just stay here! Even after all the students are gone for the season, we still have at least two months of heavy work load left. As if there is ever a time when the work load isn't heavy on a farm. There is always work to be done, regardless of the season. Not complaining though, at least we have jobs!


The Corn is as High as an Elephant's Eye

The market gardens and high tunnels are looking good, even as hot as it has been. Night time temperatures during the month of June were running about 10 degrees above normal and we certainly had sufficient rainfall. Unfortunately, that wasn't good weather for strawberry production and the season was disappointingly short. But the good news is that we are getting blueberries and dark sweet cherries extra early.

The field crops are looking good, too. In fact, the corn started shooting tassels on July 2nd. We can't remember ever having the corn so far along as it is this year. At the farmers market people are always saying something about the corn being knee high by the 4th of July, and I try to explain that we hope it's more like head high! This year it is more like the saying "high as an elephants eye". But then there aren't many elephants around here to use as a measure!

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