Behind the Scenes with Our Dedicated Farm Partners!
As the summer sun blazes on, our farm partners are hard at work, getting ready for the upcoming fall season. We’re always astounded by the incredible effort that goes into bringing you the freshest, most vibrant produce, and we wanted to give you a sneak peek into the journey from seed to plate.
Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with several of our dedicated farmers to chat about their summer endeavors. Picture this: the scorching heat, fields abuzz with activity, and the promise of a bountiful harvest on the horizon. It got me thinking about the incredible journey that every delicious piece of produce takes before it lands on your table.
Did you know that the groundwork for fall’s produce paradise starts as early as late June? Yes, that’s right! Our farmers kick off their preparations by nurturing young plants in greenhouses. These precious “sets” are carefully nurtured, while the fields continue to yield the last vestiges of the previous season’s crops. It takes about five weeks for these younglings to grow into resilient plants ready for transplantation.
But that’s just the beginning! Once a field has concluded its previous cycle, the transformation begins. Farmers skillfully wield a “disc harrow,” a nifty tool that breaks up dirt clods and mixes the soil. Think of it as a giant soil blender—creating a harmonious blend of nutrients that will nurture future crops. What’s fascinating is the direction of the soil flinging: it’s like a synchronized dance, ensuring uniformity throughout the field.
And here’s where the magic truly begins. Many farmers apply a pre-emergent to their fields, a natural weed control method that prevents pesky weeds from germinating. It’s an essential step to ensure that the produce you receive is as pure and wholesome as possible. You see, our farmers are all about finding the delicate balance between nurturing their crops and being mindful of the environment. They use just what’s necessary, and it’s a testament to their commitment to quality.
It’s worth noting that these products aren’t just garden-variety (pun intended). They come with a price tag, which is why our farm partners strive to minimize their use. By doing so, they not only protect the planet but also create a financial advantage for themselves. It’s a win-win for everyone!
And so, after weeks of preparation, the fields are ready to welcome the greenhouse-grown sets. The precision is impeccable—spacing and root depth are meticulously maintained. It’s like a symphony of plants, each taking its place in the grand orchestra of the farm.
Let’s take a moment to marvel at the journey: from the greenhouse sets to the field, from soil preparation to conscientious use of products. All this effort culminates in the vibrant, flavorful produce that graces your meals. Every bite is a testament to the dedication, passion, and hard work of our farm partners.
As we anticipate the fall season, let’s remember to express our gratitude—maybe even three times a day, every mealtime. After all, behind every piece of produce is a farmer’s unwavering commitment to providing the very best.
Here’s to our amazing farm partners and the upcoming fall harvest! We can’t wait to share the bounty with you.
The Produce Box