Author Archives: Russo Family Farm

Maximum growth

Every year, we’ve been saving sunflower seeds to replant. And every year, I say that we should cut down the sunflowers early and till it back into the earth as a “green manure” to replenish the soil.  But then, who … Continue reading

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Definitely Sunflower Season

The sunflower rows that face our road are in full bloom. This is the pumpkin and winter squash field, under attack from weeds.  That plus the fact I planted seed relatively late this year, not feeling too hopeful for our … Continue reading

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Pick Your Own Snap Peas Event!

2017 vegetable season is beginning with a blast of sugar snap peas! They are about 4 feet high, and they are flush with pods. The four-day blast of heat had me worried, but luckily the plants made it through. The … Continue reading

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Seeds Up 2017

Planting is well under way for the 4th season at the farm. I cheered for the wet and dreary days, which coupled with the perfect temperature range for this time of year, meant a good sugar snap pea start.  

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Midas Touch

A bit of frost and suddenly everything turns to gold. Warwick is a good 5 degrees below the coastal cities, though it’s not all that far. Those 5 degrees mark our transition to closing down the farm. It’s time to … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Matrix

It most definitely is turning into pumpkin season on the farm. Perhaps we are all living in a pumpkin matrix – I have no idea what crossed with what to form these yellow-green, ribbed-patterned, smooth-skinned pumpkins. I can’t wait to … Continue reading

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Merchandizing with Shapes and Colors

Fun event this weekend at Greenwich’s Garden Education Center where I participated in a little vegetable stand for their Dahlia Show Open House. Bringing back 14 crates of veggies in an open back truck, under tarps and bungee cords was … Continue reading

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Found, Lost, and Eaten

This time of year, farm nights turn far chillier than city nights. The first question of the day is “how cold will it get tonight”. An early light frost ruined a lot of cayenne peppers last year, something I am … Continue reading

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The Deep End

I waded into the pumpkin patch and found these guys ready to pose for the camera. By wading, I mean battling through tall weeds, looking at a field of still-green vines, and plottng how to step through without destroying too … Continue reading

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Taking A Breather

It’s time to begin checking in on pumpkins and winter squashes. These baseball-sized pumpkins are cute and beloved by PTA’s for the fall. We start cutting them off the vine, and letting them cure in the sun to form a … Continue reading

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