Past Notes from The Currant Farm
Notes from the Farm - Thanksgiving and Owls Like many, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. In my case, it probably has a lot to do with being so close to the land and having a holiday that coincides with the end of the growing season here on the farm. As I reflect on the season past, I always enjoy the inevitable celebration (good years and
I've just returned from Poland where I'm securing new varieties of currants for the U.S. market. Poland is the largest grower of currants in the world.
The Northeast has been experiencing some of the rainiest weather in history. While we had an unusual amount of water in the basement of the farm, we fared better than many other folks in the area.
I think the bulk of the heat and humidity of July and August is pretty much behind us here on the Currant farm which means we're coming to the end of the Dog Days of summer or what the Romans called diēs caniculārēs.
Well the harvest is in! It wasn't the best year and wasn't the worst either. It's always a reason to give thanks. We now harvest with a harvester specifically designed to pick currants off the bushes.
From a farmer's perspective, this has been a pretty good year. We've had sufficient rain and sun in more or less satisfactory intervals. I've only turned on the irrigation soaker hoses on the currants once and the rest of the time Nature has done a lot of the work for me. That's not always the case.
After more than two decades teaching at The New York Botanical Garden, I get questions all the time about what plants to grow around these parts. As in many parts of the country, a lot of these questions center around what deer won't eat.
Well, we're wrapping up spring in good stead here on the farm. I captured and hived a swarm of honey bees last week and this hive will be the start of a new bee yard over by the currant fields.