Good afternoon everyone!
I just got back home from my intern hours today, and boy was today fun! The weather was so wonderful, with low humidity and strong cloud cover keeping it cool while I worked. I started off harvesting peppers. Today we had jalapenos, serranos, and cayenne peppers, and each one gets one degree hotter than the former. Next I moved onto the cucumbers and squash. This summer the Howdy Farm planted a large plot of cucumbers, squash, and zucchini, and they are all maturing very nicely. Cucumbers are very easy to harvest: you simply pinch them off the vine. Zucchini, however, have a thicker vine and in order to avoid breaking them, you need clippers to cut them off.
The last thing I harvested today was sweet corn. I am pretty familiar with corn (my family farms cotton and livestock corn), but sweet corn has a cool quality in that it is normal to see two ears of corn per stalk. In the picture on the top left, you can see this happening!
After I harvested each item, I weighed them and recorded all the weights on a spreadsheet. I mentioned last week that that was my project for the semester. If you are interested in how much food we are producing, this link will take you to the spreadsheet that I am using to keep track of everything:
At the very end of my time today, I helped set up for the Howdy Farm Market that we have every Thursday from 12-5pm. After setting everything up, we waited for customers. Within the first fifteen minutes we had seven customers! Business was booming out on the farm as we sold several pounds of purple hull peas, cucumbers, and other vegetables. We even sold a Howdy Farm t-shirt, so be on the lookout for the cute design!
That's all I have for you today, but I'd like to end this with my favorite joke.
What did the nosy pepper do?
He got jalapeno business.
(In case you didn't know, the bottom left picture is a jalapeno plant!)
Have a good week and God bless!