Cucumber Beetle Season

Everything is growing well. Irrigation is going smooth. Harvesting is keeping us busy. But oh my goodness, cucumber beetles. Never have we ever had such problems with cucumber beetles before. Not only are they everywhere, but they are mating and reproducing by the minute. They are all over the cucumbers, summer squash, and winter squash plants and are completely demolishing the leaves. Some pest damage is expected. In fact, we always plant 25% more than what we need, knowing that some will be sacrificed to the pests or elements. We just got these sticky traps with cucumber beetle pheromones to try to reduce the population but we shall see. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a strong cucumber and squash crop.

Potato field
A new field that we have started harvesting: lettuce, cilantro and soon to be green beans, broccoli, and potatoes
The potatoes are flowering! The All Blue variety was the most sprouted when we planted and sure enough they are the first to produce flowers
The potatoes are flowering! This photo is of the All Blue variety and sure enough the flowers are a pretty purple 
The strawberries are booming!
The strawberries are flourishing! See all the red speckles? Lots of people at market have told us that our strawberries are some of the sweetest ones around. Quite the compliment. 
Our garlic has been cut off of water to start the drying process
Our garlic has been cut off of water to start the drying process 
Harvesting the first of the garlic that was planted in October.
Here, Jeff is pulling one of the first varieties of garlic to set out and cure. 
Big, beautiful romaine lettuce
Big, beautiful romaine lettuce
Red leaf lettuce
This is our amazing red leaf lettuce. 
The lettuce is bigger than Jeff's head!
The red leaf lettuce is bigger than Jeff’s head! 
We have new summer residents on the farm! Jared and Holly are long time friends with Jeff and Anna and are going to be farming with us this summer. Wahoo!
We have new summer residents on the farm!  Jared and Holly have been good friends of ours for long time and now we get them for the summer. Wahoo! They have been helping us out a ton: planting, harvesting, and building things around the farm. 
More carrot art... a little bird face
More carrot art… a little bird face
A big plant out in the new summer field. Melons, basil, kale, chard, broccoli, lettuce, and sunflowers.
A big plant out in the new summer field. Melons, basil, kale, chard, broccoli, lettuce, and sunflowers.
The Cucumber Beetles are taking over! In one summer squash flower we counted 25
The Cucumber Beetles are taking over! In one summer squash flower we counted 30 cucumber beetles! Now imagine three whole beds like that.
They are eating the leaves to pieces.
This is an example of how the cucumber beetles are eating the leaves to pieces. 
Parsnips
Parsnips 
Broccoli yo!
It’s broccoli time yo!
Happy chickens enjoying the view
Happy chickens in our yard
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