We are deep into freezing season (Broccoli here). The weather outside was “very November”, so the heat of the blanching operation and the general comforts of being in when it is nasty out made this an especially pleasing day’s work.

We are deep into freezing season (Broccoli here). The weather outside was “very November”, so the heat of the blanching operation and the general comforts of being in when it is nasty out made this an especially pleasing day’s work.

The dreaded Late Blight has killed our potatoes. For the second year in a row this formerly rare disease has first landed in St Lawrence County on our farm. What luck. It is interesting to note in the right photo that the still green foliage to the right belongs to our Siberian potatoes, an old and unusual variety that shows great vigor under a variety of stressful conditions.

The guys and I spent a day last week visiting farms around the Geneva, NY area. Of the several stops we made, most impressive was Pedersen Farms, who grow a mind bending 600 acres of certified organic veg. A small sampling of the hive-like activity we witnessed: hail damaged cabbage, a steerable 6 row cultivator, and hops growing ( and being harvested and dried ).

I mow around the weedy patch in the left photo’s foreground all year because it harbors a little group of Blue Gentian flowers that bloom around Labor Day. The rarity, the unique form, the purity of color - these blooms really press my buttons

We’ve been in the kitchen freezing like crazy lately. The guys got a big batch of basil pesto done this evening and I began an experiment I’ve wanted to conduct for years now, to see if it is worthwhile to freeze melons. Tomorrow we’ll thaw some out and get an answer.

We’ve been in the kitchen freezing like crazy lately. The guys got a big batch of basil pesto done this evening and I began an experiment I’ve wanted to conduct for years now, to see if it is worthwhile to freeze melons. Tomorrow we’ll thaw some out and get an answer.