Finally, a Real Summer!


Such heat as we haven’t seen in years, but no one here is really complaining. It’s been so long since we had a real one, it seems like we’d forgotten how to do summer!   

How our day goes this time of year: Up early to pick lettuce ahead of the heat, tie on a bandana to keep the sweat from running into our eyes, wear a straw hat and sunscreen, and then retreat to the shade in the middle of the day for a long lunch of cold chicken salad with fresh-squeezed lemonade. For the next few hours we work in the relative cool of the barn on some project. Once the sun starts to retreat, we go back into the garden for some weeding and irrigation. Home to start cooking dinner, which we usually eat sometime between 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Despite the late hour, we usually cook up something good on the grill and toss together a great salad of fresh greens just harvested from the garden.   

It’s great tomato growing weather, as long as we can keep the water flowing. But we’d like to see some rain soon, ok? We’re starting to worry about the wells holding out.

 
Marcia harvests the arugula.
 
Some of the best romaine lettuce we’ve ever grown!
 
A cooler full of mixed lettuces.
 
The Mehaffey men
 
Ross with some of our gorgeous red lettuce.
 
Mike washes the lettuce.
 
On pickup days we pick the lettuce early, give it a quick “field wash” and get it right into the cooler.
 
Nice hat Mike!
Hot dog! How a hairy dog gets to beat the heat on a 95 degree day.
 
A teeny tiny Rocky Ford melon beginning to form. Our mouths are watering!
 
Putting hay down for weed control on the melon patch. There are literally hundreds of flowers blooming. If all goes well, it looks like a promising year for melons!

  

The chickens get all the weeds pulled from the gardens. They need greens too! More greens means eggs higher in Omega 3!
The chickens stay under the bushes in the heat of the day, only coming out to eat the weeds we throw them.

 

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  1. Kieran

    Looks like the gardens are doing great, will have to stop by for some veggies or maybe come down and see you at the farmers market over the weekend. Hopefully we get some rain soon cause my rain barrel is empty and the garden and flowers are getting very thirsty. See you guys soon 🙂

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