First Freeze of the Season/Veggie List for Nov. 12-13, 2011

The above picture is of the once baby chicks that are now the brown egg layers on my farm.  250 certified organically fed voting members of the tribe. There eggs are delicious!

There are so many different skill requirements for being a farmer.  Most I enjoy, some I don’t quite like but must be done.  One of the best aspects of farming is the harvesting of the food.  Each time I pull a carrot up from the soil it’s a surprise. Is it going to be purple? Yellow? Weird looking? It’s pretty cool!  A farmer must also have some mechanical skills, heavy duty machinery driving skills, knowledge of plant disease and insect recognition, livestock knowledge and be able to run and out smart the fastest turkey when it gets out of its pen.

Then there is the reading of the weather.  A farmer is also a weather man.  He must be able to forecast better than the chief meteorologist. I had and eerie feeling two days ago but ignored my ESP. I really didn’t think it was that cold, well…I did but I didn’t. I kept telling myself it’s not going to freeze and I guess I convinced myself enough to be able to go to bed and sleep without worry.  On November 2, 2011, sometime during the late night or early in the morning my farm experienced its first freeze of the fall season.

I stepped outside and began walking to the north side of my farm and I smelled a familiar odor.  Instantly, I knew my cucumbers had frozen.  How bad they froze, I wasn’t sure.  From that moment, I high stepped it all around my farm taking a glance at all of my tender fall crops.  I headed to the east side to check out the beautiful bean plots.  I could see a few leaves that were darkened from the frost and for the most part they seemed fine.  Then, I swung back around to the north east side of the farm to check out the tomato and peppers.  My tomato plants are loaded with hundreds of shiney green fruit.  The branches of the bell pepper plants are so heavy with produce they have literally fallen to the ground.  Upon my inspection, I noticed patches of the nightshades were damaged from the frost.

I took a gander at my beehives.  Not one bee was outside of the hive, in fact I didn’t see a single bee flying around the tall strips of pink zinnias until 10 a.m.  If the bees weren’t flying then it was colder than what I thought.  Upon my last beehive inspection, I walked over to the south 40 and noticed a few rows of mustard greens were darkened with frost.  To really determine the damages, I knew I had to wait until late afternoon.  Sure enough, there was some light damage but nothing serious enough to stop the plants from producing.

Yesterday, I spent two in a half hours laying out frost cloth  and another hour in a half covering everything that needed protection for this cold spell that will be upon us this weekend.  This weather is so weird.  Usually, the first freeze of the season doesn’t show up until Thanksgiving.  So, when you come out for a tour and see frost cloth lying on top of the rows, just know it’s there to protect the veggies you want to purchase.  I’ve tried crossing my toes but then I sort of walk funny, so to all who are apart of the farm whether in spirit or in person cross your fingers for the farm and say a few good well wishes.    Below is the veggie list:

  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tonopah Salad Mix
  • Mustard Greens
  • Sweet Kale
  • Radishes
  • Watermelon Radishes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Assorted Peppers
  • Frenchies-sweet French Turnips, delicious sliced on salads as are the Sweeties.
  • Salad Sweeties-sweet English Turnips
  • Eggplant
  • Fresh Eggs
  • maybe a few surprises

Also, thank you to all of you who came out to the farm.  The farm had its second highest opening day on record.  It was amazing to see so many veggie lovers.  Thank you to all of the CSA members who are supporting the farm.  It was a funtastic weekend!