2020 Raj Farm Update# 6 – Harvesting: Are we there yet?

Folks, much awaited update from Raj Farm! I know all the followers of the farm have been waiting with bated breath to devour the latest from the farm πŸ˜‰ Rest assured we have been doing the same here, literally πŸ˜„ Today’s update is packed with superstars. In the next update we will cover in detail today’s rising stars shaping up to be tomorrow’s superstars! πŸ‘
1) Superstar# 1 – Cucumber: Prolific and super fast growth. Gracing morning salads and vegetable sandwiches at the farm daily πŸ‘
2) Superstar# 2 – Sweet Bell Pepper: Flavorful and tasty, farm thankful from the bottom of the belly πŸ‘Œ
3) Superstar# 3 – San Marzano Tomato: Breakout moment awaited when they change color for the better πŸ‘
4) Superstar# 4 – Yellow Roses: They express themselves better than words can describe them πŸ₯°
5) Superstar# 5 – Walla Walla Onion: Delights await below the soil. State of Washington put on notice! πŸ‘
6) Superstar# 6 – White Lisbon Bunching Onion: Slender and tender, waiting to add flavor to farm cuisine πŸ‘
7) Superstar# 7 – Pink Roses: Charming and pretty, nice and friendly πŸ₯°

Summary: For the question in everyone’s mind, “Harvesting: Are we there yet?”, the answer is “We are pretty much there with some, getting there with the tomatoes, watermelon, strawberry, habanero and jalapeno peppers” 😊
Many thanks from Raj Farm to the patrons and loyal followers for their support of this produce and floral heaven πŸ™

2020 Raj Farm Update# 3

You thought we would have taken it easy last week? Nope, Raj Farm has been humming with activity πŸ™‚ The growing needs of this season’s batch has been recognized along with the need to still maintain social distancing. Major activity at the farm the past week has been transplanting and moving the plants around. Leftmost top and bottom pictures are the plants in their dorm before the move. It was obvious the dorm was getting crowded and space was getting tight if the plants wanted to spread their wings and explore growth opportunities. Some of the plants, like the roses (middle 2 bottom pictures), wanted to move to new digs hoping to blossom on their own like their friend in bottom rightmost picture. Their wishes have become real. Hey, we are all about making budding dreams come true and letting those beauties flower even more feeling free to express their colorful personalities. Sweet bell pepper was feeling a bit of a misfit with the roses and expressed a desire to move to own place preferring solitude. That was accomplished too. The cucumber plants wanted a break in sharing space with the tomatoes and were hoping to share room with the pepper plants (jalapeno and habanero). Their desire has been fulfilled too and they appear to be liking the newer dorm with bigger room to grow (top rightmost picture)! Promises to be a busy summer here at Raj Farm. We wouldn’t want it any other way πŸ™‚

2020 Raj Farm Update# 2

Yes, Raj Farm has been chugging along! Come rain or shine, flora at Raj Farm keep smiling and growing. Sorry, the farm is not yet open for public visits as social distancing protocols have to be maintained and some of the fledgling plants need extra protection. πŸ™ For now you have to be content with the content you see online πŸ™‚
It’s been a great year of learning for Raj Farm class of 2020. Some have blossomed beautifully in colorful ways πŸ‘Œ Tomatoes (Roma and San Marzano) and cucumbers are coming into their own, peppers have been a mixed bag πŸ‘Habaneros started a little slow but appear to have hit their stride now. Sweet bell pepper plant may need some personal attention as it appears to be withering a bit. Jalapenos have been a no show so far, expect them to emerge from their shell shortly. The motto of Raj Farm has always been “Grow at your own pace”. In accordance with that some of the plants that have grown quite a bit will move on from their dorm, where they share space with other fellow plants, and graduate to living separately in their own space. Other plants that are still getting their feet wet will stay in the dorm for now. Their development will be monitored and they may move to their own place if the farm faculty determine that would speed up their development. All in all good show by all plants. Kudos to class of 2020, you have come a long way! We are proud of you all πŸ‘

Different walks of life

People come from different walks of life
People go for different walks in life
Some walks, like catching a beautiful sight, are inspirational
Some walks, like walking across a parking lot, are functional
Some walks, like charity walks or a sportsperson walking across a ballpark, are purposeful
Some walks, like seeing a homeless person holding a sign, are learning experience

Few sights are as awe-inspiring as that of a view from top of a hill
Few sights are as colorful as catching glimpse of a perfect rainbow
Few sights are as calming as seeing a body of water
Few sights are as rewarding as seeing perfect sunrise, sunset or clear, azure sky
When I am not visiting a place with family I prefer to walk alone
Gives me opportunity to quietly contemplate and reflect

These days my walks are mostly between my office room at home to kitchen or other rooms
Couple of times in my inter-room trips I may make a detour to the backyard
To catch glimpse of the plants and greet them “Wassup buddy”
Those flowering plants cheerfully bloom
In solitude I bloom!


P.S. Was meant to be more of a photo-essay with just a short intro to display nature unfurling its magnificence for all to behold and enjoy as a picture is said to be worth a thousand words. However, me being me, couldn’t resist πŸ™‚ While words may try to capture the spirit the pictures capture and convey the full essence! Meant to be first watched as a collage and then as montage as each individual picture plays in the attached youtube URL!

2020 Raj Farm Update# 1

Did you think Raj has gone to seed? Well, if you did you would have been right actually literally πŸ˜€
Yes, Raj Farm is back! The seeds hold mysteries in the center picture with hints on top & the sides!
Will current Raj channel the former Raj to discover back the farmer Raj mojo? πŸ˜‰ Time will tell!
Is Raj all in? You betcha, he has bet his farm πŸ™‚