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October 8, 2014

What’s our day like? I’m glad you asked.

At this time of year, the sun is coming up later and later each day. Needing sunlight to harvest, the crew comes in at 7. It’s early October and everybody is pretty much on auto-pilot. We know our roles and we know what we have to do.
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October 1, 2014

Time goes fast on the farm at this time of year. The days are shorter and we’re tired from a long season, of course, but there’s more.

There is pressure to make sure our hard work of planting, weeding, and watering fall crops is harvested before cold weather takes it away. There is pressure to make sure the storage conditions are just right so that the crops last into winter. We’re busy in the greenhouse getting these plants to grow as much as they can. Financial recordkeeping is piling up and that needs attention. We’re already planning for next season.
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September 17, 2014

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With this week’s cold temperatures, I’ll take an opportunity to talk a little about the harvest this season and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

It appears that tomatoes (except those in the greenhouse), peppers, okra, eggplant, summer squash, and cucumbers are mostly done. Even though the plants look fine, they’ve stopped producing fruit. They just do not like the cold (me neither!).
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September 10, 2014

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This was one of those weeks when I wondered why I farm. As you know, it’s our busiest season of the year. Harvest is in full swing. The fields are bountiful and it takes alot of work to bring it all in, wash it, cool it, and pack it up. We thought we were ready.

Then, we had some employees unexpectedly leave. This caused all sorts of problems on the farm, pushing us further and further behind. The remaining crew doubled up but the work kept piling higher and higher.
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August 27, 2014

Farmer Rob! We want to know what’s coming up in the harvest!

Sure, just let me consult my Magic 8-ball for one moment. Here comes the answer….it depends on the weather.

In the grocery store, every thing is in season all of the time. It’s a magical place where bananas and tomatoes are always available and the harvest season has neither a beginning nor an end. It’s La-LA land.

Nonetheless, there are some nuggets that I can (kinda) promise about the harvest.
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August 13, 2014

When you go to the grocery store, you might have noticed that all of the produce looks exactly the same. Tomatoes, for example, are all exactly the same shade of red and an incredibly similar size. Carrots, too, are all the same width and length. It’s a remarkable lesson in how we all love uniformity.

But do vegetables actually grow like that? No way! In reality, vegetables grow in all shapes and sizes. They come big and small. Some ripen earlier than others while some straggle on later. So how do the grocery stores do it? They pass the costs onto the farmers, of course.
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August 6, 2014

It’s early August at Montalbano Farms and the farm is bustling. We wake by 5 to prepare for the day, putting together to-do lists and making last minute changes owing to last night’s rain. The crew comes in at 6 and the work day begins. The days are long and we have all been working very hard. The crew is noticeably tired.
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July 30, 2014

Thank you to everyone who submitted a recipe for our contest. I’ve listed each entry below. Of course, if you missed the deadline, send yours in and I will print it in a future newsletter.

Pink Pancakes

From “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup beet puree
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July 23, 2014

Announcing the first ever Montalbano Farms Recipe Contest. It’s easy to enter and the prize, well, think produce. Send your favorite kid-friendly recipe to Farmer… Read More »July 23, 2014

July 16, 2014

Studies come out all of the time concerning the food we grow. Just last week, I read two different papers. The first said – surprise! – that all of the pesticides that we are spraying on lawns, gardens and farms are not only killing insects and bees but also birds. The second argued that the nutritional profile of organic produce was different than conventionally grown produce.
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July 9, 2014

CSA Shares are Still Available Montalbano Farms offers two types of CSA shares for its member. Our standard share works just like a traditional CSA… Read More »July 9, 2014