Micah has been very busy weeding, pulling up non-producing plants, planting cover crops, and maintaining the few veggies that are still growing. It's very important to stay on top of things for next year so the weeds do not take over next years crops.
We have lots of jack-o-lantern pumpkins for sale if anyone is interested in taking a drive out to pick one out!
It's hard to believe that the season will be wrapping up in just a few weeks. It still feels like mid-summer, except most of the crops are dying back. Frankly, we feel like it's a small miracle that we made it this far. The heat and lack of rain was really tough on the plants, and Micah!
In this week's CSA, you can expect to see yummy things like beets, carrots, leeks, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, celery, or corn. The corn is unbelievable! Just remember it's no-spray corn, so expect some worms. If you're queasy about them, just cut off the tip about an inch or so down. If there are any in there, you'll see them and be able to cut more off. It's definitely worth it and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
What a beautiful share this week; at least we think so! The beans have been amazing. And celery!?! This much needed cooler weather is just calling for a summer soup! Or maybe just eat the celery with peanut butter, or cream cheese :-)
In this weeks share there are large tomato varieties called Pink Brandywine OG and Rutgers 250 OG.
Sometimes the tomatoes are not vine ripened when your share is due. If it seems too firm or not quite ready, stick them on a sunny windowsill for a day or two and they will continue to ripen.
Other items in your share may include both sweet and hot peppers, pole beans, two types of eggplant, summer squash, and blackberries.
Growing on the farm this summer has been a challenge. The heat and humidity began the 1st week of July and hasn't let up. The plants have required an enormous amount of water, which is a challenge because the farm and the house share a well. We've very lucky it hasn't run dry! We haven't had any luck growing lettuce greens. They struggled to survive the drought, which made them more susceptible to pests. We do have kale growing and hope to provide more in the upcoming shares.
If you take a close look at the photo above, you'll see the bottom layer of leaves on the tomatoes look a bit wilted. The high tunnel captures an enormous amount of heat, even with the sides up. The heat in combination with lack of a cool breeze affected the transpiration process of the leaves. The leaves are still alive, but they're curled and very sad looking. However, the tomatoes are large and seem to be ripening, so we've very thankful!
Unfortunately, our garlic this year hasn't liked the drought either. It's all been harvested and is hanging in the barn to dry, but it's on the smaller side this year. We're currently assessing how much will be available for sale.
Some of the veggies you may see in your share this week include peas, beans, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, and peppers.
You may have wondered what that long, skinny white thing was? That's another type of eggplant! Perfect for chopping into a stir fry! Or slice it the long way to grill! Delicious!
On another note, I try to text everyone the day before to remind you about Thursday's CSA. Believe it or not, at least one person still forgets, or gets caught up in their work day. We totally understand! Please just remember it's a texting group, so if you need to respond, text Tracy or Micah individually, as to not clog inboxes. No biggie, as we've all done it, and we do appreciate the humor! But a few folks prefer to keep it to a minimum. Thanks for your understanding!
What happened to July?
This month absolutely flew by! I hate to think summer is half over!
In this weeks share, you can expect some of these delicious vegetables: peas, green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, swiss chard, hot peppers, onions, and eggplant.
Aren't the onions pictured above beautiful? They're a specialty onion called Red Long of Tropia.
We've had a lot of extra yellow summer squash, zucchini and peas. If anyone would like to purchase extra for freezing or maybe making zucchini relish (yum!), send us a message!
Expect a Full Moon tonight!
Here's a fun tidbit: According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, "the June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon, Mead Moon, and the Full Rose Moon in Europe."
In this weeks CSA, you can expect garlic scapes, summer squash, beets and greens, Fun Yen Chinese cabbage, radishes, and greens!
Image credit to Getty, from www.express.co.uk
What to expect in your share this week...