The early summer crops are also starting to take off. Plenty of Sungolds this week, more squash and cucumbers than you can bat an eye at. Green and purple bell peppers and starting to appear, and I even found a few eggplants out there today! The larger tomatoes are almost ready; in the meantime we have green tomatoes this week that are great for making relish or chutney, as well as fried green tomatoes.
A less exuberant note - sadly we have lost our entire potato crop for the summer. Tropical Storm Andrea dumped entirely too much rain on our farm at just the wrong time for the potatoes. They sat in standing water for days, followed by another week of daily downpours. We checked them late last week, to find that nearly every single tuber in our 1/4-acre potato field was rotten. It's a discouraging blow to put so much time, effort, and money into a crop, only to watch it all slip away through forces out of our control. I like to remind myself that we've bounced back from a heck of a lot worse, and we will always do just that. And hey - just about everything else on the farm is looking great!