It's been about eight months since we pulled the first stone out of our newly ripped fields. Since then, "farming" has hardly been about vegetables at all. We picked thousands of tons of rocks. We sowed cover crop, watched it grow with the first rains and wilt in the dry winter that followed. We dragged a lawn sprinkler around the fields on the end of a chain of garden hoses, trying to irrigate the supposedly rain-fed cover crop. We dug irrigation trenches and installed hundreds of feet of pipe. We built a plastic hoophouse for seedlings and a deer fence to protect our as-yet-theoretical crops. We hired a neighbor to mow and till the fields. Then we pulled string lines, raked soil and pulled out yet more rocks. Then, finally, we started planting in the ground about six weeks ago.
So, it's with relief, pride, and slight disbelief that I present our first harvests! The photo above represents the approximate selection we'll offer next week: Red Russian kale, rainbow chard, three kinds of lettuce, radishes, baby red beets, cilantro and dill. The season is still just starting for us, and so we will offer a small introductory produce box (with a small price to match).
If you have signed up for our mailing list, you will get an email soon detailing the box price and pick-up information. We have tentatively decided on Thursday evenings in Berkeley and Friday afternoons on the farm for pick-ups.
It's been a hot week on the farm! The farmers may be wilting, but the crops sure aren't. Here's a peek at a few of them:
Giant sunflower guarded by tiny ladybug.
May Queen butter lettuce
Broccoli and cabbage. With all this heat, we are doing our fair share of pest management, but overall these plants want to grow! Harvest days are getting nearer. If you live in the East Bay or Sonoma County and want to support a new farm and get some delicious vegetables, please sign up on our home page for our weekly produce box email list. No commitment necessary; you can reserve a box week by week.