News, Updates and Events
NEWS FLASH for our friends in Capitol Hill. Yes! we are open in the same spot as usual with just minor adjustments for the construction.
Fresh on Wednesdays
13th & E S.E.
We are just starting to harvest garlic! This week will be the last chance to get Garlic Scapes until next year. The Heirloom Tomatoes are here! A customer favorite, the Cherokee Purples are a bit earlier than the others, but we will have several varieties available. Blueberry season is fading, and we will have only a modest amount available. Come and get them while you can.
We've had just a bit of rain, but it has taken the edge off this incredible dry spell. Though we are still transplanting several days a week, our working days are starting to really shift toward harvests. It is not unusual to have several groups harvesting at once, pretty much all day.
With the warm nights, and hot sunny days, our heat loving crops are really starting to produce. We have more and more Sungold Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, and Okra at markets. Heirloom Tomatoes are on the horizon. It's not a new item, but look for our Green Beans. We have loved the variety Jade for decades. With great flavor, texture, and the deep green color, they are delicious raw or lightly cooked. Give them a try.
It's mid-July, and that means transplanting all the fall brassicas. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and collards were all started in the greenhouse, and now we're transplanting them out to the fields. If all goes well, in about three months we will have plenty of these at market.
Sweet Corn and Sungold season has started! We will have both our delicious Sweet Corn and Sungold Tomatoes available at our markets beginning this week. Our Sweet Onions are also in full swing. We grow a special sweet onion variety which is delicious raw, or cooked. Whether you're assembling a salad, sandwich, stir-fry, or salsa, these onions are great additions. We have arrived at the end of the Snap Peas. This will be the last week until next spring.
Whenever your work involves caring for living things, holidays have a different meaning. Plants still need water, and veggies ready for harvest don't wait at this time of year. So the crew here worked as normal getting all the critical tasks done. Then we all headed to Maria's house for a big potluck. After fantastic food and lots of laughter, Jared and Charlie even provided us with some fireworks.
Just in time for your Independence Day, we will have Peaches and Blueberries at Sheridan this Saturday, and Sweet Corn at Dupont on Sunday. Sweet Onions are also making their debut at both markets. We continue to have plenty of Garlic Scapes and Snap Peas, though these won't be around for too long.
On the farm, many of our workers helped out to pull two huge sheets of plastic over our new high tunnel. There were ropes and ladders, and calls of "Heave, Heave." It's really starting to look like something, though there are many details to finish as yet.
Growing cucumbers in a high tunnel is a challenge, and this year we are succeeding. Beneficial organisms, insects and mites, are our first and best strategy to control the many pests that attack cucumber plants. We start adding beneficial organisms when the cucumbers are transplanted, and then we let them do their work. With correct timing we have no pests, and beautiful cucumbers.
At markets this week:
Garlic Scapes, make great additions to many lightly cooked dishes, also wonderful as Garlic Scape Pesto
Cucumbers, with our slicing and specialty cucumbers producing we have plenty for summer salads of all kinds
Squash Blossoms, a new item for our Dupont Market, a delicate treat when stuffed and fried
As well as producing and harvesting our current crops, we are always planning and working toward a harvest that is six or twelve months away. This spring we've been working on a new high tunnel to grow more veggies next winter. Now the excavation is finished and the first posts are going into the ground. It is exciting to see it really starting to take shape!
We are happy to announce, we now accept SNAP at all our markets. Please see our market managers if you've any questions.
We will have plenty of Snap Peas at all our markets, sweet and crunchy, these are a favorite for many. The Summer Squashes are also really starting to produce. Our Green Beans are a summer staple, and we will have them at all markets this week. Strawberries are past their peak, so come and get them while they are still here!
All apprentice positions are filled for the 2016 season. Thank you!
All Markets are OPEN for the season!
36th St & Alton Pl, NW
May 30 - Nov: 8 am - 1 pm
Dec - March: 9 am - 1pm
36th St & Alton Pl, NW
Beginning of June - Sept
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
20th St & Q St, NW
May - Dec: 8:30 am - 1:30pm
Jan - March: 10 am - 1 pm
13th St &E St, SE
Beginning of June - Oct: 4:00pm - 7:30pm
when school is in session we open at 3:30.
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Everything Starts as a Seed
Jim and Moie Crawford started organic farming in 1972, on rented land, with a little experience, and practically no money. Over the course of 40 years, New Morning Farm grew from a small operation, selling vegetables out of the back of a pick-up truck, to a farm of over 95 acres with several thriving markets in Washington, D.C.