The farm is in the height of spring. The figs and olives that survived the fire have been planted in the ground and we should have an abundant crop of figs. The fences are up and doing their job keeping the deer out of the orchard. The native vegetation planted and natural have enjoyed the rain. Still no working well as PG&E is delaying hooking up the electrical until they see the demand for the main house. Our barn is complete and housing our repurchased tools and equipment.
Still living in trailers. Hope to be in the rental house we rebuilt by August.
Thanks to all our customers who greet us at the market when we shop there. Your concern for us is heartwarming.
As some of you know the California wildfires in October devastated our property and our daughter’s house as well. We are now in the process of cleanup and intend to rebuild our homes. Thanks to generous donations from the Farmers Guild, Rotary and Redwood Credit Union and the members of the Sonoma County Beekeepers Association we expect to begin the process of rebuilding our farm. The irrigation system is our first priority. We are not sure what our farm system will be in the future.
We will be taking an extended break from farmers market sales beginning in February. Thank you to all our loyal customers. We will miss you.
Hurry to the markets in the next few weeks if you want watermelon and cantaloupe. The Charentais and Crane melons are slowly ripening and we are a month off for some of the other cantaloupes and watermelon. Summer is going fast.
This time of year we begin planning for our spring crops and the seeding of long term vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. So now is the time to vote for your favorites so we can seed some for you. Have a favorite variety of tomato? Look on our tomato page under produce and post your favorites here. Or email us a list.
Know a great hot or sweet pepper? Let us know, we like trying new varieties!
Leisen’s Bridgeway Farms has had a number of customers at the farmers market express concern that they are late planting tomatoes. On the contrary, now is a perfect time to plant your entire summer vegetable garden. Our weather is just now stabilizing and the nights are warming from the 40s into the 50s. Plants like eggplant, peppers and tomatoes all prefer a warm environment and beans, squash and cucumber need warm soil to germinate and of course the melons, especially watermelon, need those warm days to be at their best.
This year we reduced our varieties of tomatoes to a chosen few. These are the cream of the crop with a few new varieties on trial. As we plant our fields the number of plants available gets reduced and some of the varieties disappear so get them soon. There is a link below to our 2016 tomato varieties list. Come to the farmers markets and pick up your tomato plants.
In spite of our record drought you can have a vegetable garden. Many vegetables use minimal water and actually suffer when over watered. One of those plants is the tomato. Plant it deep, water it well the first few days to get it established then water deep and infrequently. If the plant is wilting in the morning, water it.
Here is a list of our varieties this year. Many are selling out as we only seeded a few so get them soon before they’re gone!
Galeaux d’Eysines, that warty pumpkin we have at the markets this month has a unique flavor and makes great soup or pie. We have begun slicing this pumpkin and the other large, soup pumpkins, Musquee de Provence and Marina di Chioggia, into smaller portions for individual recipes. It’s getting toward the end of our other squashes especially Delicata and Butternut. Branch out and try a Kabocha Winter Sweet variety or Speckled Hound. Come to the market and get them before they’re gone.