Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

I'm pleased to report that things are popping up all over the Nola farm dispite the enormous lack of rain. It has indeed been a hot, dry growing season in Mt. Airy, Maryland but we're trudging on through. Irrigation has become a daily duty in order to keep our heirloom tomatoes healthy and beautiful and it has definitely paid off. We've been fortunate enough to offer dinner specials from our garden nightly throughout the summer. It's an amazing feeling. We've had so many heirloom tomatoes recently that weve been able to use them during lunch at Nola as well as dinner. Wes, Seanna and the rest of our amazing kitchen crew make selling our veggies even easier by preparing some mouth-watering dishes straight from the garden. I love selling something that I'm growing... there's no other feeling like it.

Nola has farming in her veins now. There are signs of our project everywhere you look; from Wes's specials to Alex and Kevins farm-fresh alcohol infusions. We're even displaying vivid photos of the farm all over our walls courtesy of our friend Brad Barwell. It's a creative endeavor that has given alot of us a chance to add something beautiful to something already amazing.

It's getting to be that time of year, however, to begin looking ahead into the fall planting season. I'm getting ready to place a couple of orders for carrot, beets, spinach, and a few other things. I usually go through a couple of regional companies when purchasing seeds. Baker Creek Heirlooms, High Mowing, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange are great resources. Keeping heirloom varieties alive is an important thing... I like contributing. We got a good feel for what cool-weather veggies Nola uses most of during the spring season. That helps when planning what to grow in the fall. Instead of growing with diversity in mind, I'm going to aim at succession and a steady influx of a select few veggies, ie: multi-colored carrots, spinach, arugula, and funky beets. We're going to build a few small hoop-houses this fall as well, in order to see how long we can extend our growing season. I'll keep the blog updated with photos and progress reports.

For photos of the farm mid-summer, click on our photo page:

Till next time

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Comment by Emily on August 3, 2010 at 7:05pm
Hi Doug--You're not too far from us, and it's great to hear that you've had a bountiful summer! The dry conditions did hit our corn and greens a bit hard, but our cucumbers have put up quite a good fight and we're still pulling in scalloped squash.
Comment by Larry Snyder on August 4, 2010 at 10:38am
Glad to hear yo've had a good summer.e had a different type monsoon season the tomatoes did very pourly & the squash that is usaully fizziling now has a second groweth & is out of control. The neighbors close the doors & lower the blinds when I headf up the street with squash in hand. High desert gardening is a new trick for an ld nurseryman.
Comment by Christopher on August 4, 2010 at 3:35pm
Right across the lake from you....growing the farm here as well. Look forward to reading more.
Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on August 5, 2010 at 1:09pm
Glad to hear your harvest is plentiful! Mine wasn't so happy. We also had a long, hot dry spell here in SE MI.


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