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Our Crop Insurance Plan...

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

I'm going to keep my blog update short and sweet this week.  It was a holiday for most people today, but boxes still have to be ready for pick up tomorrow afternoon so the day ended up being a busy one.    

I've been a bit worried about the sweet potatoes because of the cool wet weather this season.  A check today showed that they are growing fairly well and if we get a warm September, I think we'll have a moderately good harvest.  We have lots that are about 1" in diameter and some larger as you can see in the photo to the right.

Today Kirsten and I were picking together for boxes (something we rarely get to do) and I commented to her that the broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage from our summer planting is the worst looking group I've ever seen.  If there is one thing we've learned this year, it is not to put cole crops anywhere where the soil has a tendency to stay wet...  

We came down the hill and the onions were our next stop.  These are by far the best onions we have ever seen!  For years I've told people that growing over 40 types of vegetables is our crop insurance and this year is no exception.  If all we grew was cole crops or melons, we'd be selling the farm right now, but because we grow so many different things, the good crops help make up for the poorer ones.  

 

 

This onion in my hand is over one pound after being trimmed!  It is a sweet onion, not the best for storage but amazing for onion rings.

Kirsten made these onion rings for supper and I think they are the best I've ever had in my life.  The onion is so tender and sweet!  


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