Mega Harvests, Smokey Air - Monday

Started the morning off picking the squash as the smoke in the air got thicker. It has been pretty bad off and on but yesterday it really set in. I got 26 pounds picked and in the cooler which gave me well beyond the 400 pounds I am delivering this morning.

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This is the air quality for our nearest station to the farm and it got really bad around mid day when I was out picking. I was out picking all day but it was noticeably denser smoke then.

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The cucumbers really put out a good number. These two ended up growing together which gave me the slight giggles at the way they grew. There were 3 of them all together with two grown together and another equal length growing right in front of it. So silly.

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28 cucumbers came off the plants and into the cooler.

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The beans have been neglected for a while and needed to be picked through desperately. A few rows I had not picked had gotten full. I rolled my way down the rows and the first 2 rows gave me 20 pounds of beans, two buckets full of Wyatt and Dior beans.

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I moved the cart back to the top of the next rows and began to roll and pick. I ended up picking 45 pounds of Capitano and Provider beans from the 2 rows for a total of 65 pounds of beans for the day. It is one of the largest harvests in a day from the beans I have had. I have 95 pounds of beans on hand now and another 100 to pick from the rows. My days are well slotted with picking for a while.

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I was in the cooler going through every single box of the 400 pounds of squash and making sure they are all good, swapping out a couple of suspect looking squash and adding in some more for good measure. I stepped out to hear a peeping and saw one of the hens that has been sitting in the coop was with a chick. They ended up back in the coop and I could hear it peeping inside so I went in the coop and found the hen had another chick in the nest box and the one had jumped out. I picked the escapee up and tossed it back in the nest box with the hen. At least we have 2 chicks she has hatched.

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The nasty look of the smoke in the later afternoon.

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This was the last bucket from the 2 rows that gave me the 65 pounds for the day.

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This morning first thing I am taking the squash to the co-op for delivery then I have to stop and pickup a couple sticks of pressure treated 2x8 at Lowes to start installing the railing on the deck, I have to pick a bunch more beans and squash, and hopefully the smoke clears off soon as this is just nasty air to breathe.


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