Happy official start of fall! We may be having a warm stretch now, but many of you asked if we were hit with frost last week. While the forecasted temperature was 41, we did indeed receive some frost at the farm, particularly in the low areas. Many crops that are in the field can handle some light frost, and some even benefit from it and sweeten up, such as Brussels sprouts and carrots. Our lettuce recovered from its bout with light frost, but our basil and yellow summer squash plants were not as lucky. A harder freeze will take down outdoor peppers and tomatoes. Frost is bittersweet for farmers– we scramble to check temperatures and tuck crops under row cover for chilly nights, hoping to save what we can. However, it is also a sure sign that a welcome rest period is around the corner, and a reminder of the cyclical patterns that govern a farm in Maine.
This week we will have:
Kale, Chard, Sassy Greens, Arugula, Radishes, Tropea Onions, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Shishito Peppers, Beans, and Carrots!
See you soon,
Alessia and Virginia