Wow, a big rain and thunder shower just went through the island (Tuesday afternoon), but not a drop here at ARTfarm. If anyone is heading west and can bring some of those nice big dark clouds back this way, we’d appreciate it!
With the hot dry weather we are starting to see the rapid decline of good growth in plants on the farm. The soil is drying up very quickly, vines such as cucumber and watermelon are experiencing sunburn, and the lettuce plants have very stunted growth. If we had nothing else on the agenda for the season we would extend the season with an increase in our plant lifesupport efforts. Unfortunately we still have to do the vast majority of our post-hurricane structure and fencing repair, fundraising and storm preparation for the coming season. So we are planning to shut down the farmstand for the season in the next few weeks to be able to focus on our construction projects. We may be able to put together a few volunteer days and we will keep everyone posted if that is a possibility.
Wednesday afternoon at the farmstand we will have sweet salad mix, French breakfast radishes, cucumbers, plenty of cherry tomatoes, slicing and heirloom tomatoes, lots of seasoning peppers, Serrano peppers, Italian basil, garlic chives, dill, parsley, cilantro, scallions, lots of ginger and turmeric, some of that amazing watermelon, gargantuan turkey and chicken eggs, and zinnia flowers!