This Week’s Harvest
Green leaf lettuce
Dragon Tongue Beans OR Green Beans
Tomatoes Sungold Cherry OR Juliet Tomatoes
Okra (Kettering site only. This crop is making the rounds to the various pick up locations. Look for it soon!)
After 25 weeks of weekly greenhouse seeding, last Thursday marked the final round. We fired up the heated greenhouse back in February and started with onions.
We put plastic up to divide the greenhouse so we were only heating the small area we were using. The flats were put on heating mats and given dome tops to create a really warm environment while temperatures outside hovered around freezing.
By April we had a very full greenhouse and were scrambling for table tops and space, as we do every year!
The greenhouse stays full for a good 4 months. Every time we take plants out for planting, we fill those empty spaces with newly seeded flats.
But now we are down to just one table and a few flats of lettuce. This time of year, it is very nice to have one less thing to manage and take care of– though we aren’t off the hook yet and need to remember to water the last remaining flats!
Meet Timothy Cable. He is a part time crew member who specializes in harvesting and field work such as transplanting. Timothy comes from a large family and 3 of his older brothers have also worked for us. When he isn’t at Mile Creek Farm he helps run a lawn mowing business with his brothers called Cable Brothers Lawn Care. If you are looking for a lawn care company, they are looking for more clients! When Timothy isn’t working or doing his homeschooling, he enjoys taking nature photographs and just got a new camera with a large lens. He is very busy and incredibly hard working.
He says he enjoys all the work we have him do on the farm but when pressed he revealed that his least favorite job is transplanting beets. They are a difficult crop to pull and pop into the transplanting wheel, so I’m pretty sure he isn’t alone on this one. But it is all smiles when it comes to harvesting them!
Broccoli Rabe and Potato Pizza (If you got mustard greens, use them in place of Broccoli Rabe)