Our last day of the season is Labor Day!!!!
We will be open all weekend (Monday too), regular hours, and we will have plenty of corn, tomatoes, peaches, slushies, ice cream and more. So, please come see us at least one more time before the season ends.
Now I want to share some pictures from the farm.
We are getting ready to plant strawberries for next year’s harvest. I decided to take some pictures and show you how it’s done.
First, you work up the ground:
Butch helps with this part of the process.
Then, you make these mounds of dirt – we farmers call them “raised beds”.
The sea gulls help with this part. Yes, everyone has a job around here.
Then, we cover the raised beds with plastic. Now, this job requires the tractor driver to get off of the tractor at the end of each row to cut the plastic. Then they turn the tractor around, line up with the next row, get off of the tractor again and set the plastic and tubing to make another round.
If you know many farmers, you may know that getting off of the tractor twice at the end of each row is practically intolerable for most tractor drivers. But we persevere without much complaining. Tractor jobs are coveted around here. I mean, it could be worse, you could get the job of pulling the plastic up at the end of the season. And everyone knows, that’s a dirty job.
In addition to getting off of the tractor, you have to shovel a little dirt over the end of the plastic so it doesn’t blow up in the wind. (That’s Jeffrey with the shovel. NIce work Jeffrey!)
Then, you get back on the tractor and do it all again at the other end of the row.
When you are all done, it looks a little something like this:
Now we are just waiting for the strawberry plants to arrive so we can get them in the ground so they can do some growin’ for next year. They should be here in a couple of weeks. We will plant them, then tuck them in for a long winter’s nap.
I would like to add one last word. I really want to thank the great “kids” that worked hard to make things run smoothly this year. They are a great group of people and I’m honored to say that I know them and have worked with them. They have put in lots of hard hours and made me smile through a tiring season. Thank you!