Farm Report – May 18

Farm Report – May 18

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Week of May 18, 2015

Abbreviated Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

A Community Service To the Local Farming Community

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Seedings: None this week

Garden Starts: okra

Harvest Notes:  herbs, arugula, collards, kale, eggplant, cucumbers, okra

Second Sweet Potato Shipment Planted

269 slips planted

We are holding steady at 269 in ten beds: the two new south beds (East and West), the Old South bed, and old beds 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, and 12.

The next set of slips will arrive in the first week of June. This will be our last order for the season.


¾ pound

We harvested another ¼ of a pound this week, bringing our total to ¾.

More okra of all varieties was planted in the north and south garden.

If you read this far in the newsletter, let us know if you would be interested in attending an Okra Festival – probably in mid-June.

Garden Overview

Summer Plantings Begin

(additional details and assessments follow)

We are well underway on our summer plantings. The south beds are almost complete, with three beds of winter greens remaining.

We are going to try a new summer green – Red Malabar Spinach. This is not a true spinach, but resembles it in taste and texture.

We’ve cleared and remulched most of the south beds and planted with okra and sweet potatoes (Beauregards and Georgia Jets).

Cucumbers are now spend, and we’ll remove the vines this week. We would have loved to have kept them on a bit longer, but he extreme heat and pickle worms made the choice to remove them necessary and easy – sad but easy.

Eggplant shrubs are budding profusely, and we’ve had some good harvests. This week eggplant will be light.

Our next (and last sweet potato) shipment will be in the first week of June. If anyone would like to assist with the planting, just drop us a line.

If you would like SP slips, let us know. We’ll share for .50 per slip.

See the Share Report for all items.

For all plantings, we use seeds from our collection or heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange (


Done For Now

41 Harvested

Cucumbers are done for the time being – done in by the climate change spring and pickleworms.

We ended up with 41 total, and about 20 pounds. If we could have had a little more cool weather and avoided the pickleworms we easily would have doubled that. 


Last call for kale. It is not listed in the share report, but if you’d like some of this end of season kale, we can accommodate you.


Arugula is past peak. We won’t be listing it this week.


The collards continue thrive – as hardy now as in mid-winter. Please stop by for extra large shares of our three varieties, Georgia Southern, Georgia, and Vates, are large, lush, and ready for harvest. 


Ouachita Family

The blackberry vines now have numerous berries.   A few berries were ripe this week, and we expect more next week.

Habanero Peppers

Habaneros are coming back very nicely now, and bearing abundant blossoms – and the first fruits.


Eggplants are now flourishing, producing flowers, and first fruits! We’ve harvested 14 so far this young season.

You may order eggplant this week, but we may not have any that are large enough to harvest.

Viticulture (Grape) News

Vines are putting out first leaves – and the first tiny bunches.

Seed Savers Seeds Available Through Friendship Farms & Fare

Please buy your seeds and seedlings from local growers or suppliers committed to organic, heirloom seeds.

3F is pleased to offer the highest quality organic, heirloom seeds to the community. You may order several locally-acclimated seeds from our own collection as well as Seed Savers seeds from us. Seed Savers seeds are the only ones we use at Friendship Farms, unless we use our own 3F seeds saved from previous years. This year 3F is offering these locally-acclimated seeds: okra (4 varieties), broccoli, and arugula.

If you’d like to order Seed Savers seeds form us, find the seeds you desire online, let us know the type(s) and quantities, and we’ll order them for you.

Cost: $4.00 per packet ($3.00 for shares). We’ll include them in your share or mail them to you, if you give us your address.

Please buy your seeds and seedlings from local growers or suppliers committed to organic, heirloom seeds.

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