We are on the cusp of the heavy mid summer crop season! This week we noticed the CSA boxes were significantly heavier, loaded with Beets, and Squash and Fennel, and Onions, signalling the beginning of the more bountiful part of our growing season. We have a nice sized planting of cucumbers and with the rain and warmth we’ve been receiving we expect a large harvest beginning sometime next week. We pulled a smattering of tomatoes out of the high tunnels this week, not enough to distribute but the first light picking might yield a surprise heirloom tomato in the boxes this week. We should have either green Bell Peppers, or more Eggplants coming up as well. And Carrots, are finally ready to dig! Our first planting came up a little thin in the cool spring dampness, but there should be enough to get us through until the later plantings start to come in.
There is So Much Kale in the fields, usually by the end of July the spring Kale plantings are about caput – but not this year. Our Beets are getting huge out in the field, we may not be able to resist putting them in the box this week. We are having a Scallion, Onion dilemma; we don’t like to put both of these in the CSA box at the same time since they have similar uses – but we have a really nice looking planting of Scallions that is going pass us by if we don’t send it your way – and the Onions will just get bigger in the field, so we may add Scallions to the boxes and leave the Onions for another day.
Fennel is tailing off for now, there may be some in the shares, but it may be finished, either way there are some massive plantings of fennel in the ground that will be ready in about a month. Escarole is a bit iffy as well this coming week, and Cabbage is all done for a few weeks. We’ll take a break from Basil this week, but it too will return shortly; in the meantime look for either Parsley, Cilantro, or Dill to be in the share boxes. We do have a small bit of Basil left in the fields – if you got a hankerin’ Basil can be ordered from our Online Farm Store (see below). Oh, and I almost forgot, Chris has been sowing short season radishes periodically and there’s a planting that looks pretty nice so we may see some radishes this week also.
Our Online Farm Store is Open!
Last season we ran an Online Farm Store where members could order bulk product at wholesale or below prices from us and have it delivered with their CSA box right to the drop off sites. Well, we’re doing it again this year and this week is our first week. Here’s our list of products we’ll be offering for the first week – keep in mind that supplies of some of these items are limited:
Farm Store Offerings:
Lettuce, Mixed Varieties – 8 heads $15
Kale, Red Russian or Curley – 8 bunches $15
Basil – 12 bunches $20
Fennel – 8 bulbs $15
Summer Squash and Zucchini – Half Bushel $20
Farm Store Hours:
So that we don’t receive orders that we don’t have time to fill our farm store has “hours of operation”. You can access the store from the day after your pick-up day until a few days before your next pick-up day.
Tuesday pickups: Store open Wednesdays through Sundays
Wednesday pickups: Store open Thursdays through Sundays
Thursday pickups: Store open Friday through Tuesdays
Friday pickups: Store open Saturday through Tuesdays
Saturday pickups: Store open Sundays through Thursdays
This Weeks Forecast!
Kale or Collards
Onions or Scallions
Parsley, Cilantro, or Dill
50% or Better: