|Tomatoes of all different shapes, sizes, and colors from the field! Summer, 2019
Week 4 of Summer Shares!
Welcome to Week 4! Rain and sun is making all of our plants super happy and healthy! The drought put us back a little in terms of harvest, but new produce varieties will keep coming in each week. The most affected are summer squash and zucchini. We just weren’t able to plant them in the field because of lack of rain, and fear that they would cook in the field without water. As soon as we got enough moisture to get them in the ground, we did, and they should start producing in the next couple of weeks or so.
We are giving our members the choice to opt out of plastic bags in their share whenever possible. We cannot leave all veggies unbagged, like loose greens or peas, but we will do our best to minimize our plastic use in the baskets that opt out. If you would like to opt out of bags, please email email@example.com
This week you will receive Peas for the first time. Looking at the beds earlier today, it seems like we will have plenty to stock up our members with. They are snap peas, so you can eat them with the pod on! Cucumbers are starting to size up on plants, and they will begin their way around baskets this week. By next week we expect to have cucumbers for everyone. Escarole will be a new green in your baskets this week! If you’re unsure how to use escarole, this link is a great resource for a recipe and ideas Escarole Recipe Bok Choy will be back in baskets for the last time until fall. Some of the outer leaves have damage on them, which is too bad, but the stalks are still plenty usable! Broccoli will be making its way around shares starting this week. We typically do not harvest enough each day to pass out to all members at once, but it will snake its way around the tables over the next few weeks. Head Lettuce will be back in shares. Kale will be in shares one last time to even out the kale/chard rotation. After this week kale and chard will only go to add-on members. Kale share members will receive the specialty green this week.
The Specialty Greens share this week will be receiving Baby Kale and the Herb Share will receive Dill. Baby kale and dill will also be available in the farm store.
Radishes will be done until later in the summer. We have had some real poor luck with our radishes so far. My leading theory is the drought caused a little too much stress in the plants early on. Most of them have long tap roots and no bulb, as if they were searching for water. I was hoping the rain came at a good enough time for the latest seeding, but they also have the same condition. We will definitely have more coming once the weather cools a little.
This weeks shares will go out: Monday 7/13, Wednesday 7/15, Friday 7/17
Pick up is in the barn anytime after 3:30pm
Some veggies may come with limited pest damage. We are committed to operating as a 100% Spray and Pesticide Free farm, and one of the results of that is occasional pest problems. Typically the extent of the damage is small holes nibbled by insects, and we will never pass out vegetables that have lost their nutritional integrity due to pest damage. We hope you will understand!
A ? signifies a crop that we pass out over a couple of weeks. This could be because it is just starting to come in and is not yet producing enough to pass out to everyone in the same week, or because the crop produces smaller amounts over an extended period of time (like in the case with broccoli). We make sure that everyone receives an equal share, even if it is passed out over a few weeks. If we do not pass out a crop to every basket on a share day, we make note where we left off and resume in that spot the following week.
What to Expect Week 4:
Chard Share: 15 Week Share + 7 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share Only
Herb Share: Dill
Speciality Greens: Baby Kale
Egg Share: 15 Week Share Only
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share Only
Monday: Cinnamon Raisin
Wednesday and Friday: Onion Pepper Parmesan
Anticipated Basket Week 5 (Subject to Change):
Chard Share: 15 Week Share
Kale Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Herb Share: Cilantro
Speciality Greens: Arugula
Lettuce Mix Share
Egg Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share
Coffee Share: 15 Week Share + 8 Week Share