Where to begin? In addition to the strawberries peaking this week, we've had to mobilize in a major way to deal with both Tristan's and my absence from the farm this week (unplanned, unintentional, and definitely not for great reasons). The interns have really stepped up and have been running things very well. Much gratitude for their eagerness to help out in this time of need, as well as for the offer of support from so many others. With the events of this week, we came to the conclusion that the farm needs to be simplified. In so doing, we are selling our pigs and some laying hens, in case you know of anyone who is looking for a boar, a sow, and weaners.
Before things took a sideways turn this week, here is what we were all working on.
Tuesday was a busy morning! We had 8 pickers in the strawberry patch. A small dot in the back left is Yaniv direct seeding lettuce, mustard greens, and hakurei (that we missed last week because it was too wet). Out of the frame is Tristan on the tractor, preparing the field for our new strawberries -- 6,000 of them that were transplanted Wednesday morning!
We also got the rest of our tomatoes in the ground and are hoping that the paper mulch will reduce our weeding time down the road. How nice that David could have a bit of a break with Clem. It was such a hot day!!
Here's a better shot of the pea trellis system that went in this year. Picking them will be a dream. And there should be snow peas at market this week -- yippee!
This is from last week, when the cucumbers and cherry tomatoes went into the greenhouse. This little guy was so lucky that he didn't get hit with the shovel!
Photo credit: Martín Bustamante