Incoming Bounty

Organic beets!
The North Country saw a late start to gardening season this year, with a ridiculously wet spring and cool start to summer. Now that things have settled down and we're on the brink of August, the food crops are finally catching up to the season. Here's a quick tour of how plants at Better Farm are faring:
Reliance peach trees in the fruit orchard are going wild, though it will be another year or two before they start bearing fruit:

 ...and our newly planted fig trees are doing beautifully:

We have a TON of salad greens that are all doing very well, including this Asian variety:
 ..and look at all this buttercrunch lettuce!

Our peppers have flowers and should be taking shape in the next week or two:

...ditto for our pole and bush beans:

We've got gorgeous organic cabbage coming in:

 ...and bunches of multi-colored Swiss chard:

Even the zucchini, which seemed to take forever, is finally waking up after a long battle with squash bugs:

...and in the next week or two, we promise to have a bazillion tomatoes:

 A personal favorite, ARTICHOKES!

...and oodles of onions:

Carrots are almost ready:

...and asparagus beans:

 Sugar baby watermelons are on their way as well:

...and our first batch of potatoes are just about ready to tumble out of their tires:

Be sure to check our farm stand for fresh produce daily, or call ahead at (315) 482-2536 or email for custom orders.


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.