Inside the root cellar. We are already storing next year's carrot seed crop. We will be adding seed potatoes and Swiss chard roots for a seed crop next year.
We've been incredibly busy here at the BZ farm, naturally, but we have some pictures to share.
We want you to be able to get a sense of what's going on here.
Remember, you are always welcome to arrange a visit and we are looking for folks to move to the farm, join the collective and share in the beauty and bounty this land offers.
(I'm the one who's always hidden behind the camera)
Outside the root cellar.
Not a bumper crop and a bit weedy, but these are Peruvian Mayacoba dry beans for hearty winter meals here on the farm. They are under this tarp. We'll beat them with sticks to thresh the beans and screen out the weed seeds later.
These are Southport Red onions that Chrys has been saving the seed from for several generations. Our selective breed improvement program aims to select for a flatter red onion. If we succeed, we'll change the name to the Northport Red onion.
These are Better Devil lettuce plants that have genorously given up their seed to add to our collection.
Rubbing lettuce seed into a paper bag.
BZ Buttercup (bred here for no visible turban).
BZ and this year's haul of Candystick Delicata squash. It was a good squash year.
At the farmers' market, Sept. 6, 2023.
CSA box ingredients, Sept. 6.
Left to right: Summer squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, Sept. 5.
Berseem clover interplanted with Painted Mountain flour corn. Next time we'll sow the clover at the same time as the corn.
Another attempt to grow celery. There is a lot of waste from trimmings preparing celery for market (I mean, it ends up in our compost, so it's not wasted, but...). There are medicinal uses for celery leaf. Need to look into how to prepare that.
Morning has broken.
Air-pruning nursery bed: The wire cover is to keep rodents from digging up the nuts and seeds. In the spring, it will be replaced by a wire hoopy.
Air-pruning nursery bed: Fresh-gound wood chips for mulch.
Air-pruning nursery bed: Planted a Petite plum from Tolstoy Farm, some apricots from Rickey Creek Orchard, "Tom" cots from Joe Barreca's neighbor, 28 Sugar Maple seeds (in anticipation of future climate change?) and one freestone peach that found its way here from the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence.
Our late plantings of lettuce were decimated by grasshoppers. Should be invite some Guinea hens to join the collective?
Better Devil lettuce seed crop in the lower garden. At least the chipmonks haven't found these (yet). We pretty much lost 80% of our lettuce seed to a sudden explosion of the chipmonk population.
Air-pruning nursery bed: Adding some subsoil.
Air-pruning nursery bed: Lining the screen bottom with a few layers of newspaper before adding soil.
Prepping for sowing rye and vetch cover crop. Peruvian Myacoba dry beans still ripening in the green strip.
Farmers' market, Aug. 30, 2023.
Bunch beets, Aug. 29, 2023.
Russian Banana fingerling potatoes.
Readying broccoli for blanching and freezing for a taste of summer in the dead of winter.
Better late than never.
Fermenting tomato seeds.
Saving tomato seeds.
Freshly-harvested onion sets drying to be planted in 2024.
Pressing cider from this summer's Discovery apples. We got 12 gallons (was not a big fruitset this year due to last year's sudden harsh winter weather).
We were luckier than some and had only a few days of bad wildfire smoke.
Discovery apples. "'Discovery' is an early season dessert apple cultivar. One of its parents was the 'Worcester Pearmain', with the pollinator 'Beauty of Bath'." Wikipedia.
They are delicious!
Farmers' market, Aug. 16, 2023.
Air-pruning nursery bed.