County Rail Farm / Field Five Flowers

August Picture Show

This year we got our salad and arugula started early and have been incredibly successful selling them through the Western MT Growers Coop. We’ll be paying about 1/2 of our expenses for the year with greens alone. These little guys will be harvested next week.

Cherry Tomatoes! These sweet reds are just one of many varieties we planted this year. Sungolds, of course, are the favorite… always.

Our popular Ruby Gold heirloom tomato is just starting to come on… it’s sweet and amazing in caprese salad.

Basil, an important ingredient in just about every dish we make this time of year. The landscape fabric here helps keep the soil warm and moist all season long. We re-use the fabric each year as well as the drip hose underneath it.

Many of you know we’re building a cabin for future interns and long-term help.

Despite some delays, the frame is almost completely up and Dylan and Steve are starting on the roof. With luck, we’ll have it enclosed by the first real frost.

Onions starting to dry out for harvest. We’ll pull some and get our hanging system set up, then pull the rest during our Harvest Party in September.

Peppers! You may remember last year that our peppers were never of decent size or color. Finally, we have red peps and lots of ’em. These are paprika peppers: dried and ground they make (duh) paprika.

Ring’o’Fire peppers turning red in the field.

Lipstick sweet pepper.


All these peppers mean roasting is imperative. Tracy spent the evening roasting rounds of peppers on the grill and then peeling and freezing them.

Lipstick, poblano, anaheim, and a few other of sweets!

We have yet to perfect the art of harvesting watermelon at the right time, but boy aren’t they perty?

I just couldn’t resist giving this little solitary bee the spotlight.

If the bears don’t get to ’em first, we’ll have some table grapes for snacking in the next two weeks.

Our artichokes are small but they’ve got big hearts and big flavor. And for artichokes in Montana, what more can you ask for. Steam and eat with a butter garlic sauce.

The squash patch is huge and thriving. Winter squashes look great and will be ready in another month or so.

Corn! The first batch was delicious and the next is almost ready. Another great grilling veggie.

English cucumbers are another of our big sellers through the Western MT Growers Coop. The cattle panel trellis helps these guys grow long and straight.

Celery, growing big and juicy in its straw mulch. Recommended with peanut butter and raisins.

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Arugula season 2021 kicks off today! See you in 4-5 weeks little guys. Swipe for reverse process: seeding, raking big chunks of tomato and straw, pulling dandies (wow that sounds dirty... it was), and one of many cross sections of soil showing roots worms and the unseen billions of critters that make all our stuff grow and grow strong. #organic #homegrown #montana #arugulaseason
It is so exciting and encouraging to see green things growing out of the ground right now rather than just on the seedling bench. Tulips are comin, folks! @fieldfiveflowers
This morning’s snow-brows were too good to not share
Remember that live journal called Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things? It’s probably a tiktok trend or something now but that’s how I feel about seeding - esp this soaked ranunculus. Tuck em in, sing some Brittany Spears, and do a little dance in the greenhouse kinda day
Round #2 of grafted tomatoes! Someone asked for videos of grafting last time but I failed at posting them, which is probably good because I proceeded to kill them through sheer winter neglect 🤦🏻‍♀️. Let’s hope these little ones have a better survival rate (ie I don’t completely forget about them while they’re acclimating). #organic #tomatoes #greenhouseseason #montanahomegrown
Beginnings with @fieldfiveflowers as we fire up the greenhouse and remember all the back/neck muscles we forgot about this winter. And a portrait of my favorite seeding table broom, handmade from @foxfiregoods - she’s solid and a must have bench mate. Thanks, Grace - maybe we’ll actually grow some broomcorn this year !

Tracy Potter-Fins

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