Last week the weed crew continued their swing through our fall broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, cleaning them up with hoes and hands while Dan worked the tractors. Sutton worked on her (hopefully) rabbit proof fence around the tomatoes before departing for her summer vacation. Andy was back from two weeks in Wisconsin with his family to help with the bountiful and beautiful harvest that the field crew and Zannah pulled in at Gateways. The pigs got bigger and bigger.
Our outreach market is in full swing, bringing bags of free and reduced-cost produce to about one hundred of our low-income neighbors every Tuesday evening. The farm is filled with young people participating in our summer Learning Garden programs. Our brand-new youth program got underway this past week; Sutton trained our youth crew in harvesting on Friday morning in preparation for their first trip to the Waltham Farmers' Market next Saturday. And we heard some great news on Monday -- the Lexington Community Farm Coalition’s proposal to operate the former Busa Farm in Lexington as a brand-new community farm in cooperation with Waltham Fields’ staff managing the farm operation, was selected by the town. Now, with LexFarm, we'll begin the work of bringing a new farm, responsive to its individual community, into being.
Beets and sweet fresh onions, carrots and potatoes, lettuce and swiss chard all continue to come in beautifully despite the cool nights. Our next succession of kale is almost ready to harvest, and we'll start picking shallots and storage onions as soon as their tops fall over. The sun has begun its inexorable swing to the south and autumn is around the corner. For now, we're hoping for a little warm weather to ripen up those melons and tomatoes, and we'll be all set.
Enjoy the harvest,
Amanda, for the farm crew