Almost two weeks ago we welcomed three Wwoofers and Kelsey Kobik an amazing Maine farm photographer to the Oui farm. It was a very hectic and also very fun week. We worked hard, donated a lot of food, and sweated a lot. It was hot. We also ate well and shared our love of Maine with the Wwoofers making trips to Popham beach, and our favorite swimming holes around the area.
Thanks to our farm manager Rachel, Kelsey Kobik and Wwoof-USA for a great week of labor and entertainment. We learned a lot, laughed a lot and probably gained weight. Things have already changed so much since these photos were taken. Everything is lush and large. We are currently harvesting cucumbers, zucchinis, kale, salad, cherry tomatoes, large tomatoes, herbs, flowers, cabbage and peppers. The onions are getting close to ready and the garlic was harvested and curing.
We are now busily planting our fall crops which include more kale, salad, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and herbs. More to come!
It’s finicky and prone to disease. It needs to be watered regularly. We decided to grow it, and succeeded. We have already donated a bunch and will donate more along with more cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, salad and kale.
We are harvesting so many things these days. We have a plethora of cucumbers, zucchinis, kale, cabbage, broccoli, romaine, arugula, mustard greens, basil, parsley, and now garlic. This morning we donated 40 pounds of cucumbers, zucchini and cabbage through our gleaning group that will go to local organizations that help community members needing healthy food. I will soon be harvesting all of the garlic and hanging it to dry, but tonight I will just be making pesto.
We also have so many flowers from borage and zinnias to sunflowers and soon dahlias. The tomatoes and tomatillos are starting to ripen as well. The abundance of this time of year is such a joy.
After digging out our, very large, beds by hand to eradicate as much of the invasive weed (quack grass) we found everywhere . . . we planted like crazy.
We have been busy. SO busy I have been remiss about writing here. I promise to try to be better. It was a challenging start to our grow-to-donate farm but we have truly begun.
Everything is growing beautifully. We have already harvested tons of greens, salad, zucchini, peas, snap peas, kale, herbs, scapes, cabbage, broccoli and lots of flowers. So much more is on the way. We have started donating to local organizations including meals in a local church, summer lunch programs for children who don’t have enough food, and a group delivering directly to local families in need.
It’s exciting times on the farm. We had our first indoor transplant of seedlings planted on March 8 and transplanted on April 2! We moved hundreds of celery, celeriac and parsley from tightly packed trays to more spacious accommodations. We are now fully maxed out in our indoor, fluorescent light in the guest bedroom setting. We have also planted the first of the lettuce and kale in the greenhouse. And the onions and leeks got a hair cut.
Everything is coming up, even my saved seeds which is exciting.
As you will see, we have planted a lot of things already! Here are all of the new ones since my last post. It’s all very exciting and kinda overwhelming.
Herbs and Flowers
Stevia – Botanical Interests
Foxglove – Pinetree Seeds
HollyHock – Botanical Interests
Green Twister Echinacea _ Pinetree
Belles of Ireland
Thompson – Fedco
Super Red – Fedco
Golden Acre – Fedco
Early Jersey – Seeds Savers Exchaange
Toma Verde – Botanical Interests
Green and Purple Tomatillo
Long green from Thailand
Chinese White Sandy
Round from Valence
Early Jalapeño – Botanical Interests
Piment sweet and long from les Landes
Fruition – Honey drop
Delicious tomatoes don’t know name but I saved the seeds
Sungold seeds I saved
Orange, red and yellow cherry
Yellow Brandy Wine – High Mowing Seeds
Indigo Apple – High Mowing Seeds
Gold Medal – Fruition
Delaway – Seeds Savers Exchange
Russian Frills – Fedco
Lacinto Seed Savers Exchange
Dwarf green Curled Kale High Mowing Seeds
Red Russian Seed Savers Exchange
Vates High Mowing Seeds
Bloomsdale – Botanical Interests
Parris Island Cos – Botanical Interests
Ice Queen Baker Creek
Green Towers Romaine High Mowing Seeds
Little Gem – Baker Creek