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The Road to a Ripe Tomato
… the road to a ripe tomato is littered with frost and dead seedlings, weeds and munchy critters, and now finally this, a blushing tomato on the vine. Unlike previous years where I eschewed large tomatoes in favor of cherry … Continue reading
The Weather Said “Share Now”
While it rained cats and dogs in Connecticut last week, there was less than 1 in rain at the farm, but it was enough to make the lettuce happy. What I’m worried about now is that the sun keeps shining … Continue reading
2020 either needs to fast forward, or we need a re-do. The second weekend of May and there’s a snow squall. It’s been many weeks of cold weather, with overnight frost warnings. Usually by mid-May, the tomato plants go into … Continue reading
Ok summer 2020, here goes!
We are planting for 2020, and we will run the vegetable csa for on-farm pickup as well as Greenwich pickup for the season. Summer is an optimistic time – as I write this, the sun is streaming in through the … Continue reading
Are You Kale-ing Me?
Though I work in technology during the day, I have a weekend mantra of unplugging. Well, maybe mantra sounds too intentional. The reality is that once I’m in the field, staring down rows and rows of weeds encroaching upon rows … Continue reading
Starting up 2019 Vegetable Season
Happy to announce that Russo Family Farms is growing vegetables for the 2019 season and running a farm-share program again! I have been starting seeds since mid-March, and there are easily 400 seedlings in the basement waiting for the weather … Continue reading
Minerals for Health
The zucchini plants were displaying symptoms of blossom end rot, a condition in which the flower end of the zucchini turns black and rots due to lack of calcium. I doubt that we depleted the soil over the last five … Continue reading
What a weird season! It rained all of May, and stayed cool until yesterday. No rain, no heat, no weeds. The lettuce experiment worked. On the left is a leaf lettuce that is chartruse green. On the right is a … Continue reading
Is it the 5th season?
When we started this farm adventure, I said “We could always try something for 5 years right?” Well, our 5th summer should start just after this weekend. Funny enough, I am very conflicted about this season. After putting aside personal … Continue reading
These pumpkins make me think of the matrix for some reason. Something about the square specks seem too digitally rendered. Last year in our pumpkin patch, there were 4 pumpkins that looked like this. It wasn’t the “kakai”, a pumpkin … Continue reading