Tomatoes are out and fall crops are in!
It's beginning to look like fall for local farmers who are giving up on their summer crops due to all the rain we've seen this season.
Those farmers are already setting their sights on fall, and the harvest ahead. About 15" of rain this summer so far has more fungus growing on tomatoes; but, the good news is, crops like broccoli, carrots, and kale are taking off.
The summer of 2017, was a wet one, but not like this summer, when rainy days were more frequent, making it hard for the ground to dry out.
"Often times, several times, a week. It didn't give the plants enough time to dry up and recover," says Crabtree Farms Greenhouse Manager, Mike Barron.
More rainy days means fewer dry days for bees and wasps to pollinate.
"So the more often it rains, the less pollination can happen," says Barron.
Crabtree Farms is cutting their losses by letting go of the summer crops and focusing on fall. So far this month, Mother Nature is cooperating. Overnight lows have been in the 60s since August 22, which is great for cool season crops.
Annual marigold sprouts have been taken out of tunnels to toughen up during the day, and perennial herbs like mint, thyme, and lemon balm are taking off too.
While the rainy summer did damage, Farmer Claire Davis is hoping for at least some wet weather for transplanting. She is working to plant root vegetables.
"They can survive better in their changing environment if it's really saturated with moisture," says Davis.
Davis says if it's too dry, it will wear out the root as moisture acts like a sealant. From annual flowers to herbs, Crabtree Farms hopes the fall makes up for the summer loss.
You'll start to see more fall crops like Kohlrabi in stores by October. Arugula won't be planted until daytime highs drop below 80 degrees, which is usually after September 27.
Crabtree Farms first fall plant sale is September 22. Kohlrabi, collards, kale, swiss chard, and broccoli will be available by this time.
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