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Farm Update #10, Week 8, August 4th delivery

(hi all, sorry I’m a bit late with the blog update! vacation intervened…)
Hello Folks,

I am once again late in writing the update, and for that I apologize
to those who are waiting to know what they will receive this week. All
I can say is that I am a bit overwhelmed at the moment trying to keep
up with so many battles on so many fronts.

We have just passed another wet spell with almost 4” of rain falling
during the past week. This has created various problems such as not
being able to harvest potatoes with my mechanical digger, and setting
me back on my planting of fall crops. And yet I count myself lucky
that it has been only rain.  In the nearby Borough of Andover roofs
were ripped off building by a mini tornado and an orchard close by
suffered extensive damage from hail. I also heard on the radio of a
farm that was almost completely destroyed by a tornado. We are once
again in the position of having to harvest thousands of heads of
lettuce or lose them. Both of my coolers are already completely full,
so I have no more space to store anything. For this reason we will be
shipping 2 heads of lettuce in the share this week. I hope you’re in
the mood for lots of salads!

We are sending red onions this week and this particular crop was
damaged by the hailstorm in June. Because of the torn leaves, water
was able to enter and has caused some to have a single rotten layer
inside. It is all but impossible to tell which ones have this
condition and generally the rest of the onion is fine. I apologize and
ask your indulgence in this regard if you receive some of these. We
harvested most of the onions from the other farm this past week and
they are hanging to dry. Since there was no hail at this location they
look good, so I expect the onions later in the season will not have
this problem.

The share for this week will be: Romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce,
carrots, green peppers, white potatoes, red onions, string beans, and
choice of parsley or basil.

The fruit share this week will
be peaches and blueberries
Enjoy,
Farmer John

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