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May field update

In the rush of planting and watering, we haven't given an update in a while. We have worked to get a wide variety of plants and seeds in the ground as usual. And we've stayed on schedule in that regard. That's about all we have in our control. Beyond that, the weather has been challenging.  

littleGrasse received less than 1 inch of rain between April and May combined. To put that in perspective, the average for April is 2.57 and May is 4.45. This leads to slower growth and more challenging germination conditions. As such, much evening time has been spend watering the tenderest of crops such as onions and the direct seeded greens and carrots. Instead of rain, we've received steady winds and an extended dip into the low 20's last week that damaged emerging beets, chard and even the peas. All in all, even with the best of intentions and planting, the crops are coming in slowly.
In brighter news, the cole crops settled in well. They were planted during the May Garden Morning, with many eager hands. If they keep on their current course, we'll have a healthy harvest of broccoli, early cabbage, brussels sprouts and hopefully cauliflower.

The greenhouse has still been performing well in these conditions as we're responsible for the irrigation there. After moving out the couple thousand plants that were started in there this spring to transplant outside, we've filled it with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and melons.

The highlight of the week has been the arrival of two of our three on-farm apprentices for the summer. Jacob and Maggie have helped make all the planting possible this week and learned a great deal in the process. We look forward to your meeting them as well as Julia, who arrives next week. 

We are still aiming to begin fresh distribution the week of June 22nd. The offering may not be as robust as in some years, due to the weather setbacks and overall sluggish growth. Stay tuned for more details.

The chicks are here! They're settling in well.

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