Midnight Bandits

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Once we make our decision, all things will come to us. Auspicious signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response.

– Deng Ming-Dao

Well, hello there, my fine feathered friends! Let me tell you something, it’s bloody hot out there. In fact, I heard that this has been one of the hottest summers on record for this region. Woof. It’s a good thing that we’re so busy at the farm right now, so we can soak in the heat and pour out the sweat!

A lot is going on at the farm. This week, we’ll be starting trays upon trays of our first successions for the fall season. We’re talking broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, tatsoi, pak choy, kohlrabi, brussel sprouts, collards and chard. I’m super excited to be attempting to grow a lot of things that I’ve never grown before, and also very excited that we are about doubling our scale for fall production! Thanks to you all, our following has been growing, and the only thing we can do to keep up with demand is grow, grow, GROW! No pun intended. It’s going to take a little more work to manage, but I think Matt and I are up for the challenge.

I regret to inform you that the raccoons have found the melon patch… They seem to have a get together every night and feast on the sweet flesh of cantaloupe, indulging well past their contentment, I’m sure. I have a plan for next year, though, and I’ve only got one word for you: trellising. That’s right. Not only will I be able to grow more melons in less space, but it should also make it much easier to keep them from getting stolen by those tiny-handed, masked bandits.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the market tomorrow! We will have squash, zucchini, onions, potatoes, watermelon, tomatoes and basil! Matt will be at the NoDa Farmer’s Market from 8-noon, and I will be at the Winecoff Market from 8-noon. Hope to see you there!

This Sunday we have our monthly volunteer workday at the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm from 1pm to 4pm, and then we break bread together afterwards! Come on out and get sweaty and dirty, it’s good for you, I swear! If you’re interested, please send a message to our volunteer coordinator, Anne, at ahpfsu@windstream.com

Stay cool my friends.

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