Farm Life Vegetables and Berries

Make or Break

The stress level on the farm has just gone up a few notches. The nonchalance of early May has been replaced by a sense of urgency as we have to plant, and fast, before the next rains. Coming days will be spent binge planting eggplants, peppers, corn, zucchini and cucumbers. Two weeks from now, we’ll be planting tomatoes and melons. From May 15 to June 15 is a make-or-break period. It’s not that planting is all we do in that one-month timeframe (even though it certainly seems that way), but the core of our veggie production has to transit efficiently from greenhouse to field in a relatively narrow window. Unfortunately, the hot weather also means increased pest – the pesky flea beetle, for example – and weed control…And so we urge our employees to hang in there, as we try to coax a little more out of them. Our reward will be the satisfaction of a job well done, the crafting of an ephemeral vegetable landscape to nourish body (and soul).