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Late July News

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Summer is here! And so are red ripe tomatoes! What a wonderful time of year; long days of warmth and sun, punctuated by needed rainfall.  After a slow and late start, this growing season has been ideal for plants, and humans too!

Tomatoes have ripened up and we are now selling 10 lb. flats of our 'cosmetically challenged' tomatoes for $15/flat.  Our wholesale accounts demand perfect looking fruit, so any tomatoes that don't make the grade are sold at a discount here, at Cate Farm.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8am to 6pm.  Tomatoes are self-serve, please bring exact change or a check made out to Cate Farm.  Supply is on a first come, first served basis, but we do our best to keep the table stocked.  If you want to buy more than two flats, please email us at catefarm@gmail.com so that we can accommodate you.

In other farm news: Our seedling season was a success, thanks to all our wonderful customers.  Hopefully your gardens are thriving and bountiful and we would love to see pictures!  Post photos to our Facebook page or use #CateFarmGarden on Instagram and we'll share your photos on our website. 

We are now all planted out in the field, and tending to the crops  before the Fall harvest. Burdock root has been hand weeded and cultivated with various tractor mounted tools and the leaf canopy is starting to close over the rows.

We are experimenting with growing some industrial hemp for CBD production, some in the field, and some in the greenhouses. The CBD hemp market is a rapidly moving target, but so far so good.

Thanks for your support, and have a wonderful summer!

The team at Cate Farm.

 

March Update

Doggone it! There’s still so much snow!

Doggone it! There’s still so much snow!

Just the other day a neighbor told us that her husband spotted a red-winged blackbird, a sure sign of Spring!  We have officially sprung forward, and despite the piles of snow, Spring even feels like it has arrived. It’s a good thing too, because our shop space was getting pretty crowded with seedlings.  Our first wave of onions are sprouting, our pansies, violas and dahlias have been transplanted to plug trays and our grafted tomatoes are getting tall. Our first wave of basil and our first round of peppers are already sprouting!

Last week we transplanted kale into the new greenhouse.  The forecast was for an overcast, rainy day, which is the ideal weather for transplanting, but Mother Nature had other plans.  Instead it was sunny with blue skies, so not exactly a gentle transition for the kale plants. Flint watered them in and we’re hoping they bounce back in no time.  As for us, we’re loving the much needed and sorely missed sunshine - Flint was even in a t-shirt! As soon as those little kale starts size up you’ll be able to find Cate Farm Kale bunches at the Hunger Mountain Co-op, so stay tuned!

Last week, we will be moved seedlings into our main propagation greenhouse and it’s officially grow time!  We’ve seeded our first full wave of plants which includes all kinds of herbs, lettuce, brassicas, greens and flowers. We’re so excited about seedling sales this year that we’ve decided to open up the farm for Saturday and Sunday!  Check out our 2019 Sale hours here. Lots has been happening here and we are excited to get back into the growing season.

We hope you’re loving this spring weather as much as we do.  Even though it’s cold, be sure to step outside and enjoy that sunshine! Happy Spring!

The Cate Farmers

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