Farmer Cate is planting more carrots, radishes, and sweet corn so your boxes are filled with a diverse and consistent supply of vegetables!
Happy (almost) June!

Last months newsletter described the dry, windy conditions here at the farm.  After 6 weeks of no rain and endless nights of irrigation, the rain finally came!  Now we've had over 2 inches of rain and more in the forecast this week. We feel so thankful for this wet period and happy to have planted hard last week so we didn't get behind schedule.  Last week we transplanted the first cucumbers and zucchini along with more carrots, cilantro, dill, radishes, and lots of sweet corn.  The fields are filling up! 

We know everyone is excited for CSA deliveries to begin.  May's cold temperatures and dry conditions slowed crop growth significantly.  We carefully accessed the crops this weekend and have decided the first CSA delivery will be Thursday June 16.  The strawberries are loaded with little fruits and flowers but haven't started to blush yet.  Everything is a little later is all, but looking fantastic after these wonderful rains and nice warm temperatures.

When is the first delivery?  Thursday, June 16!

But what if I am an every-other-week share?  You will be assigned to a delivery group and we will email you the list of your 10 delivery dates soon.  You will have the option to switch EOW groups before delivery starts.  Look for an email soon.

What is the exact location and time of my pick-up? Our Member Handbook will be emailed to you soon with all these details.

Can my friend or neighbor still sign-up?  We will continue to accept sign-ups until the first box delivery.  Sign-up information can be found here: www.ridgelandharvest.com 

This week we are catching up on office work, trellising peas and tomatoes, mowing first crop of hay, and staying on top of the weeds that are growing by the inch! 

Let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Your Farmers Cate and Mat
Remay is a light poly cloth that is commonly used as a barrier to pests and can also help insulate against cold temperatures. 

Above left:  crew members are unrolling a large piece of remay to cover the newly transplanted cucumbers and zucchini's.  We are using remay to prevent striped cucumber beetles from feeding on our young plants.  The beetles are now just emerging their feeding leads to bacterial wilt on young susceptible cucurbits plants (cucumbers being one of those).  The remay allows the plant to concentrate on growing and not just survival.   

It's not a small tasks however to anchor a large light weight piece of fabric over crops, especially if it involves any wind (which means every afternoon at our farm if not before!)  We have to work together to unroll it while anchoring the edges every 2-3 feet with shovels of soil.  Like many tasks on our farm, it means lots of walking and stooping. 

But it sure is beautiful once it's finished - knowing that these crops are being protected from pests using simple elimination strategies instead of spraying.   
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