Ah, the days of summer do have a light at the end of the tunnel that is triggered by the so-called “summer lull.” It’s both a sad time and a relief for us.
It’s sad because the summer vegetables, our main revenue generating crops, are slowing down and these took up most of our time and energy. In fact, these take up all of our time and energy given we started the majority of these way back when the air was cold and the days were just starting to get longer. It’s an exciting time to see those first few sprouts of our tomatoes, peppers, etc. It’s this, honestly, that allows us to continue on. So when we hit that dreaded, and for some reason always unexpected “summer lull” where tomatoes for example slow down it’s a sign that we better get our backsides in gear to get our fall planting done if we want to have produce for the fall market. But it’s like saying goodbye to a very good friend as well because of all of the cultivation and nurturing that went into these traditional summer crops. Don’t get me wrong, we thoroughly enjoy the spring and fall vegetables too, and we have come to respect even more our leafy greens (in this case everything leafy) because of the demand for our product. The lull, however sad it may be, is a good sign because we get to look forward to this experience next year. (We did season extending so our customers will see a few tomatoes and peppers on the table later on.) But, as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new.
Cherry tomato plants
Where our beans were; now it’ll be lettuce, broccoli, and sugar pod peas
All of this is to say, we are over the hump of market season and see an end in sight. We absolutely enjoy every aspect of farming and market-based sales. My wife may like the market-sales more and I enjoy the dirt, but both of us start to feel the “pain” about now. When we entered into this growing and market season, we had a goal to do every market but one and given I have another job that required me to lose four Saturdays a market season, the burden falls on my wife. So it’s nice to have an end in sight. But until then we need product to sell at each market and fall is around the corner. And not just a bag of greens here and there to sell. We do not come to the market to just get by. In reference, last year, by late-September/early-October, it was just downright pathetic to see our available product and just happy to sell it at the market. It’s not that we did not plant enough, after all WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE WERE DOING, there we said it, but trying to determine how much product and how long it would last was a trial by error practice for us. This year, we planted two to three times the amount of certain products just so we can make it through that section of the season. As of this writing, we have been almost perfect in our calculation. That’s why the relief of coming to a close on market-season is sad, but at the same time makes us eager as we have already been working on our strategy for further expansion next year.
Fresh cut basil
Ripe cayenne pepper
With all of this said, see a list of what to expect this fall (God willing):
Kale (two varieties)
Lettuce (multiple varieties)
It’s exciting to be able to plant more good vegetables and even more exciting to be able to sell these to customers who look for our produce. From Harp & Shamrock Croft, LLC, we say Thank You for the support and hopefully the continued support!