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An overdue update from the farm

Sorry to the few folks who might have been reading my updates from the farm this summer. Things have been piling up on me, and I just didn’t get to posting about the comings and goings of Armbrust Farms lately.

That’s about to change.

I’ll be posting more frequently now that summer is winding down. Starting now.

The market was fairly busy today — a far cry from last week, when a fierce downpour kept most people away all day. In fact, we didn’t see our first customers until almost 10:00 last Saturday. That’s nearly two hours after the opening bell.

There was a lot of interest in my ornamental gourds today, with the swan gourds going fast. Birdhouse gourds and unique, small decorative gourds were also popular with my customers. This is just the tip of the iceberg on the gourds, and with fall just around the corner and my vines loaded with gourds and pumpkins, we’re going to be bringing a lot of great stuff down to the market in the coming weeks.

Surprisingly, it appeared that I was the only grower at the market with carrots today. I sold out of them by 10:00, shortly after selling my stock of yellow pear tomatoes and okra, too. More of each of those crops to come next week, though.

Also, in the last two weeks, I’ve had some inquiries as to my willingness to custom-grow produce for individuals and restaurants. As always, I’m very open to the idea, and am willing to work with anyone on it. As a one-man operation, I’m very flexible in what I can put in the field and do as a grower.

Until next time, I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer! And come visit me — and all the other great vendors — at the Omaha Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8 until 12:30 at 11th and Jackson in the Old Market.

What’s ready now: Cool-season crops

pea flower
I’ll admit it — my vegetables are a little behind where they should be. Hey, when you’re a full-time student, it can be hard to get everything in on time.

But we’ve got a few things that are at their peak right now…

The radishes are perfect this week. Just the right size, and the few I’ve pulled and tasted have been crisp, peppery and delicious.

The kohlrabi is more than ready, and is right on the edge of getting too big. We’ll be selling everything we have this week.

The broccoli¬† has been a disappointment, with the heads going to flower well before they reach a saleable size. Perhaps half a dozen will get the nice 6″ across heads, but the rest will probably end up on my plate.

Cabbage heads are really beginning to swell up to a nice size, looking like leafy softballs in neat rows. They’ll be ready this week and the next.

My brussels sprouts are lagging, but that’s ok. I’m a little weirded out by them, anyway.

The peas (pictured above) look great, and the flowers are just taking over the tendrils in the past week. They’ll be forming pods soon.

All of my 120+ tomato plants have little yellow flowers popping out, and I’ll probably need to get cages on the rest of them soon. They’re growing like crazy.

Carrots, turnips, okra, bush beans and cowpeas are all taking off, too.

All of my vine crops (watermelon, gourds, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers) are starting to explore and test their limits as well.

And, perhaps most exciting, is the fact that the raspberries I planted are thriving. They really, really like the moist, partially shaded understory environment under the American elms. There won’t be a crop this year, but next year… look out!