Spring is Sprung

We had several days of wild weather last week up here, with thunderstorms, heavy rain and even a tiny bit of hail totalling almost three inches.  In a drought year, it’s pretty hard to complain about.  Even if we don’t get another drop of rain this month, April is now than either January or December was.  We’re still just about 50% of normal, but at least we got a nice soaking to green everything up.  We haven’t irrigated in over a week and it will be another week until we have to.  Every day we don’t run the pumps we are saving water.

The timing couldn’t have been better, as both our Strawberries and Peas waited to ripen until after the rain passed.  It’s impossible to harvest either crop during or just after rain.  Last year we set a TFF record for earliest-ever ripe berries; this year we have beaten that record by three days.  That doesn’t mean we have enough berries for everyone this week (or peas) — please see below for more details.  But it is officially the first week of our spring harvest season.

In completely unrelated news, we have started an Instagram page @Terrafirmafarm.  Our farm is a beautiful place that offers us amazing images almost every day, and we wanted a better format to share that with you than the space offered in this newsletter.  You can follow us or not, it’s up to you.  I don’t promise that we’ll post every day, but we just might.




All the Colors of a Sunrise, in a Peach

Way back in 2003 when a group of our CSA subscribers helped us first secure a piece of land with the security to plant fruit trees, we decided to focus primarily on Peaches and Nectarines. Taken together, these so-called “stone … Continue reading

Cucumbers and their Diabolical Pests

Growing cucumbers organically is challenging just about everywhere in the continental U.S. thanks to a small pest with a big appetite. Two actually. Cucumber beetles are the size and shape of Ladybugs, but that is where their similarities end. These … Continue reading

Interactive Tomato Identification Guide

Happy July 4th Holiday! We’ve packed you a seasonally appropriate box of produce this week; more on that below. With tomato season hitting its full stride this week, we present the following interactive textual Ven diagram to help you figure … Continue reading