Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 8th and 11th

Hemp Harvest

The beautiful weekend was a full two days of harvesting Hemp!!  Thankfully we had an incredible crew of folks helping, including my brother, mom, dad and husband.  It was way more work than we anticipated and definitely have some improvements to be made but it was still exciting to see what a beautiful crop Little Ridge Farm produced.

Even Simon helped :)
The first step was to cut stems from the plants and then we removed all the flowers from the stem.  The flowers are what hold the Cannabidiol (CBD).  

The flowers are now on racks drying.  This step should take about 7 days.  Then the flowers are moved to an extractor, where the CBD will be extracted from the flower.  The oil will then be made into tinctures and other body care products.  All of this is being done locally and by hand -- a pure grass roots product!!

I must say I have fallen in love with the flowers themselves.  They each have their own unique smell and color with different little hairs and stamens.  I have been kind of obsessed with taking photos of them they are so uniquely radiant.

The rest of the farm is doing well too!  The cool season crops have enjoyed the cool drink of water and are looking lush and green.  We, the crew, are squeezing in as much work as we can into a day, harvesting mostly and rearranging crates full of produce trying to make room for storage.  It's a wonderfully stressful time for me....happy to see the bountiful harvest, but tough to find the time and space to be sure to get it all done!!

This Week's Bounty: lettuce, tat soi, kale, peppers, tomatoes, leeks, potatoes, celery, radish, beets, carrot, cilantro