Farm Report – May 25, 2015

Farm Report – May 25, 2015

Week of May 25, 2015

Abbreviated Weekly Farm Report

From Friendship Farms & Fare

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Seedings:  Lima  Beans (Christmas) 54 ,  Okra (Red Burgundy, Silver Queen) 108 (total), Red Malabar Spinach 54, Peanuts 53.

Garden Starts: okra, Red Malabar Spinach.

Harvest Notes:  herbs, arugula, collards, kale, eggplant, 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.   If you’d like to acquire some of our slips, please let us know.


1¾ pound

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

We continue to plant okra, filling in more open space 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.  We are doing some advance planning for an event in mid-June, 2016.

Garden Overview

Summer Plantings Continue

(additional details and assessments follow)

Summer plantings continue apace.

We planted the first seedlings of Red Malabar Spinach.  This is not a true spinach, but resembles it in taste and texture.  We have started seeds for another 54 plants.

We won’t plant more sweet potatoes until the first week of June, when the next shipment arrives.  If you would like slips, please let us know.  We’ll hold some for you – .50 per slip, please.

Cucumbers vines have been removed.  We would have loved to have kept them on a bit longer, but the extreme heat and pickle worms made the choice to remove them necessary and easy – sad, but easy.

We continue to have challenges getting our bell peppers to mature properly.  Eggplant seedlings also appear to be struggling.

We’ve seeded Christmas Lima Beans and peanuts.  Most have germinated as of this writing. We’ll put the peanuts in the south garden and try the beans in the blackberry grove. The Eggplant is flourishing.

See the Share Report for all items.  For all plantings, we use seeds from our collection or heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange (


The collards are still with us – but they are starting to show their age. They are wilting every day due to the unseasonable heat.

Blackberries – Ouachita Family

The blackberry vines are producing berries.   We’ll have some in future weeks.

Habanero Peppers

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

Order if you like this week.

Eggplant 31

Eggplants are now flourishing, producing flowers, and first fruits!  We’ve harvested 31 so far this young season.

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


Purslane is a thriving, and there are many healthy plants throughout the garden.

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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