Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cooperation between farmers/growers, with cooperative extension and with our customers help make it possible.

When we lost 2 acres of cantaloupes to cold weather this spring, we were given a hand by the Horal family at Melon Acres.  They had extra transplants of one of the varieties we grow allowing us to not lose too much of our early crop window.  We also saw some evidence of disease in our melon transplants and it was nice to go online and get diagnostic photos of diseased plants, from Purdue and other state extension services.  Thankfully, it was a minor, noncontagious disease. And finally, it is nice to have the patience and input from our small subscriber group as we work through issues of communication and logistics.  On the crop front, the zucchini and patty pan squash are really beginning to come on, along with cucumbers, broccoli, pea pods, beets and radishes, with a taste of cilantro and basil and there should be new potatoes for our subscribers this weekend.  

Caption 1:  Cantaloupe and watermelon field, with cantaloupes in foreground.

Caption 2:  Patsy, Norma and Danielle transplanting fourth tomato planting.

Caption 3:  Our second tomato planting, formerly low tunnel tomatoes.

Caption 4: Fifth week's CSA produce.     

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