Ok, so here is the quick update… There are still plenty of strawberries to pick, come on out! Peas are outrageously delicious and abundant. Strawberries, the later varieties are your best bet for size. Lots are still green, look them over carefully for full ripeness before you pick. The earlier ripening varieties have ripe, smaller berries here and there. Technique tip: move the leaves aside, then lift remaining leaves. There are usually some nice berries tucked into the straw. I’ll try to get a pic of someone’s berries coming out of the field today to post on Facebook, but they really are surprisingly nice. We’re in the final leg of the season. If you haven’t gotten your fill, come sooner than later for best picking.
In other farm news, the sour cherries are on the stands, and the sweet cherries are NEARLY ready. The kids and I have been snacking on them, but they are not fully sweet yet. My guess is sometime this weekend I’ll start picking them for the stands. No U-pick on cherries this year, but they are planted at both farms for future years.
The fruit trees are looking good- peaches will start mid July. I lost a few trees to the wind lately I’m working hard to add support to them before more loss, which is making for some 10pm dinnertimes for me. Apples will start in early August. At last count there are somewhere around 70 varieties.
Veggies are coming along. Potatoes are a nice healthy green and starting to flower, and the onions look picture perfect. The early tomatoes (an older Jersey variety, Moreton) look fantastic and have green tomatoes approaching tennis ball size on them. I don’t think the broccoli will produce before the heat catches up and makes the plant bolt. Eggplant is getting to be a decent size- maybe later July on that, same with peppers. The garlic is starting to bulb up. We’ll harvest that in mid July.
Early raspberries and blackberries at the Pittstown Road farm didn’t work out well for this year. That late freeze killed the early blossoms on the blackberries, and they are just starting to take on the first hint of color on the berries, so they won’t be ready in time to pick with strawberry season. The raspberry crop is light this year because the plants are young, so we will pick them as available for the stands, not offering pick your own on those this year at Pittstown Road. The Croton road raspberries and blackberries look phenomenal, and will start mid July for pick your own, stay tuned for dates.
Ok, I think thats about all for now…as they say, all the news that’s fit to print! Time to get out and pick!!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!