What’s Growing

featuring Farmer Bobby Laurino

What’s Growing2019-06-02T14:48:52-04:00

Original Farmer Bobby and his tractor in 2008. Bobby Sr. in sporty hat and Bobby Jr. in sporty jacket in 1994. Three generations of Laurinos in 2005. Young Bobby and his old tractor in 2018.

Hello everyone!

Spring will be upon us shortly, and I just wanted to give everyone a quick glimpse into our plans for this summer and fall.

With the mild winter, we have had the ground is not frozen and has a lot of moisture from all the rains. This hopefully will make for an earlier than usual planting. I’m dusting off my father’s 1969 1050 Case tractor and will be tuning her up for the upcoming season. She has a bit of rust but runs like a top and does a better job than these fancy, new edition tractors I see. Do I really need electronic battery meters and rpm gauges with multi-colored lights?

A farmer can hear when something is not running smoothly. You can just feel it. Hopefully, by mid-March, the fields will all be disked and plowed. We will first be planting the cool weather crops such as red and purple kales, beets, romaine, red and green leaf lettuces, and parsley. As the weather warms we get into peppers, squashes, eggplants, sunflowers, and zinnias. Finally, everyone’s favorites, Jersey sweet corn, and tomatoes.

Well, I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the upcoming season and I will continue to keep you updated on our progress here at Hockhockson Farm. This is my 40th year farming, and I love it now more than ever. The crisp spring air, the rich dark soil and of course the sunsets. The beautiful sight of the sun going down at night illuminating the countless rows of fresh veggies. What’s not to love?

Take care all,
Farmer Bobby

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