Farm Happenings at Farmer Joe's Gardens
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Farm Happenings at Farmer Joe's Gardens

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 17

Posted on June 1st, 2023
We hope this week's share finds you well! As a friendly reminder, your share for this week's CSA is now ready to customize. We can't wait for you to enjoy fresh, locally grown produce straight from the farm. Before we dive into the produce goodies, we wanted to give you a quick update on what's be1 read more »

Agriculture has changed a lot over the years

Posted on May 25th, 2023
As a fourth-generation CT native vegetable farmer, I’ve watched agriculture's evolution over my lifetime. Advances in technology, regulations, and conservation practices have changed the way we farm and interact with the land. Here’s a look at the differences between agriculture today a1 read more »

Farm Happenings for October

Posted on October 6th, 2022
Can you believe it's already October? The leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. That can only mean one's time for pumpkin everything!   I planted at least 15 pumpkin species to make sure we had loads of variety in shape, color and size. ​ And speaking of pumpk1 read more »

[CSA Update] Last week of 2022 CSA

Posted on September 15th, 2022
We are here - the last week of the 2022 CSA season. Over the past eighteen weeks, you have eaten your way through farm-fresh vegetables and fruits, and the entire farm team has focused on bringing those to you. We put fresh, local, and healthy food into your hands. You helped us continue farming. W1 read more »

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 2

Posted on September 8th, 2022
Locally we got over 8 inches of rain last week! During the first hour of the rainstorm, the water was coming down so fast it was just sitting on the ground surface. It was about 4 inches deep just sitting there because the ground was so hard and dry. Eventually, the soil loosened in spots. I watche1 read more »

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 3

Posted on September 1st, 2022
Now you can see what the difference between a wet season vs. a dry season creates in the corn field. And I keep planting corn because it tastes like summer as a kid. Eastern Connecticut has been declared a natural disaster as the drought grows. The last time Connecticut reached this level of drough1 read more »

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 4

Posted on August 25th, 2022
I grew 27 types of tomatoes this year. Do I have a favorite farm-fresh tomato? Wine grape farmers love their grapes as each one has unique flavors and uses. I think of tomatoes the same way. Varieties may look the same when you pick them off the plant. I select plants that will generate that beaut1 read more »

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 5

Posted on August 18th, 2022
We measured our first rainfall in two months. We got about one-half of one-tenth of an inch of rain. I could use about 6 inches of rain to stabilize the crops and support the water table. We can't get all the rain at once. It would do the trick if it rained about one inch every other day. The plant1 read more »

[CSA Update] Welcome to week 6

Posted on August 11th, 2022
2007 brought our first electric-powered vehicles to our farm. I watched my help and my family pulling fully loaded carts, easily weighing more than 300lb, around acres of our greenhouses. The strongest in our crews could manage 2 carts at a time. We work seven days a week and very long days. It is1 read more »