By the picture you can see that the strawberries for the time being are off the list....unfortunately we have a nice tribe of deer that decided organically grown strawberries are better for them than you or us. We are in the process of figuring out what our next steps with the deer will be. Most likely a fence because deer are plentiful and after the strawberries have been consumed they will move on to other tasty produce. These are the type of unfortunate conundrums we farmers deal with. They are almost never predictable and certainly not welcomed.
On a positive note, the farm is changing from week to week! It always amazes us how quickly a crop is seeded, tended, harvested and then worked up and prepared for a new crop to finish its cycle. This week we harvested one of the two varieties of garlic that had been planted last October. It is now on a table in one of the hoop houses to dry and cure. This will take some time and then will be added to your boxes for your weekly meals! We had taken a couple years off from growing garlic, but missed it dearly. We still have another variety that will be ready to harvest in a few weeks.
We are hiring! We have been busy, too busy! Our market prep days have gotten longer and longer and now that we have started doing 2 markets on Saturdays, 4 1/2 hours sleep is just a bit too short for our health. We have reached out to our friend James Cassidy, who is a Crop Soil Science instructor at OSU and runs the OSU Organic Student Farm to see if he had any students who would be interested. We received an overwhelming response of horticulture minded folks looking to work at Camron Ridge! We wish we could hire them all but the budget will allow for just 1. We will be interviewing this week and soon hope to introduce our new crew member soon!
Chad and Liz