Thursday, October 23, 2008

Still digging

I am still busy digging potatoes but we should be done by the end of this week. It rained yesterday which made the ground much too wet to be working with. Dad had hoped to be finished yesterday but sometimes mother nature does not always cooperate. There will be lots of pictures to follow in the upcoming days in regards to the potato harvest adventure.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Potato Harvest

I am working for my Dad this fall digging potatoes. They grow over 500 acres for the french fry world of McCains and Cavendish. I think we are almost 1/4 done and maybe a little bit more than that now. We are working long days, 12-14 hours, but some days it does rain and we do get to go home a bit earlier. Needless to say I have not been doing too much here on the farm these days. I need to get my garlic planted ASAP and hopefully that will get done this week or next. Here are a few pics from the potato harvest. I hope to have some more to post soon.

This is our old binpilar loading a small warehouse in Lower Bedeque, old school

Potato field in lower bedeque yet to be harvested. The tops need to die down first

Quick shot of the farm yard, lots of action

Close up action shot of conveyors, trucks and all kinds of potato equiptment

Sunday, October 5, 2008

End of season

What a slacker again I've been in terms of posting to this blog. Life seems to have gotten away from me. We are all done at the market as our veggie selection is just about done. We have two weeks of the CSA left and even their baskets will be thin. My fall plantings did not turn out so great and the veggies that I thought would last into the fall were harvested and sold in the summer. Next summer my potato, winter squash, onion, leek, carrots, turnip, broccoli, cabbage, garlic and pumpkin plantings will be greatly expanded to ensure I can provide veggies well into the fall.

I do still have some arugula, lettuce mix and young radish that are growing quite well and will be ready for cutting this week. The CSA shares will be able to enjoy nice tender greens before the cold fall weather sets in. Even though we have had lots of rain this fall I still like to keep the greens well watered to ensure they grow well.

Watering the arugula

Close up shot of tender lettuce mix leaves