After Hours

The garden beside our house is wild these days. Quite a greeting as you venture into the farm.

The garden beside our house is wild these days. Quite a greeting as you venture into the farm.

The farm is in full swing right now and looks beautiful, every corner cared for and organized. Some crops are finishing (broccoli and cauliflower), others are coming into their glory days. The crew is working full days. It’s nice to have easy weather now, 70-80 degrees F. They are striving to keep up with the needs for the whole farm plus pick and pack far more produce. We’ve dropped the salad mix from our “product line” for the second year to help even out the workload.

Paul is always working to restore and improve soils. The rock crusher has been busy lately. It makes a quite nice pinging chorus if you are far enough away. As you approach you can feel the ground vibrating through your shoes and dirt and rocks are flying everywhere.

Growing heirloom tomatoes under the greenhouse tables. We just had our first ripe pink brandywine, last night!

Coming Soon! Heirloom tomatoes growing under the greenhouse tables. We just had our first, ripe, pink Brandywine, last night!

Rows of red onions are drying in the shade. Properly grown and cured dry onions should be good through the winter.

Rows of red onions are drying in the shade. Properly grown and cured dry onions should be good through the winter.

Summer cover crop, buckwheat, has emerged after just 4 days!

Summer cover crop, buckwheat, has emerged after just 4 days!

The area has just been rock crushed. Paul is setting up the beds with a "bed shaper".

I see a painting...

I see a painting…

One of the inescapable features of our landscape is the old Shamrock cement plant to our west. Some friends of ours just bought it! I've always wanted to paint it's portrait!

One of the inescapable features of our landscape is the old Shamrock cement plant to our west. Some friends of ours just bought it! I’ve always wanted to paint it’s portrait!

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About candied

Artist: painter, graphics, print and typography. Farm Fan: live on an organic produce farm, am dedicated to educating the public about the food they eat and what it takes to get it to their table. View all posts by candied

4 responses to “After Hours

  • Joan Voight

    Candi, What’s going to happen to the old cement plant?

    • candied

      Hi Joanie, The cement plant has been sold to some folks that work in marble, which they cut and install in homes. I believe that some of the equipment will be dismantled and used at other Shamrock plants. We’ll see!

  • JM

    Anyone have advice on what to do with onions after they are pulled? Thanks.

    • candied

      Hi JM,
      Hi JM, Onions can be used right away. Here the onions and shallots are pulled, laid on the ground in rows, then moved to a shady spot to dry for up to a month. They are ready when the tops are completely dry. Pull off the tops and loose dirt and store them in a cool, dry place. The correct varieties of onions will keep for months.

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