I've got to say, it is nice sitting here writing this blog post in relatively cool weather. The farmers' office is upstairs in our packshed and woooowee it gets pretty toasty up here! A lot happened on our farm during the heat wave including our blueberries deciding they wanted to ripen earlier then ever before! It has been a bit crazy but we have been making it happen. The shares every week just seem to be getting bigger and bigger! I hope you all have a chance to come visit the farm because it is going to be a beautiful summer season. Everything is starting to really grow! We are also starting to plan a CSA hoedown for September.
Sadly, certain things are also not growing...we have some pretty crazy pest pressure in our soil which we are slowly remediating but sweet peas and broccoli, both of which we had planned for the shares, are not happy... as much of a bummer as it is, it is also the reality in being part of your local farming community... you eat what your farmer succeeds in growing and each season is different!
MINI FARM SHARE:
PINK BEAUTY RADISHES: I was SO worried about these lil guys with the heat over the weekend (radishes will bolt in extreme heat and become too big and pithy) but they made it! The greens are great cooked or made into a pesto and the little cuties are super tasty and a bit spicy.
LETTUCE: The birds are still giving us a run for our money (we get insect netting next week so it WILL get better) so it is still a lettuce patchwork although this week they are all red leafed! Folks get red gem romaine, carmona butter or hyper red ruffled. So pretty with the pink radishes and turnips!
PARSLEY: Local parsley! Such a great herb. Much like cilantro, parsley can be used for a dressing, pesto, in a salad or adorning many different dishes.
SUMMER SQUASH: With the heat wave everyone gets some! Because the weekend was so hot and your farmers weren't working, some of the zuccs got huge! BUT those big zuccs are great for breads and muffins. Here is a super yum squash bread recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Note: Some folks received an heirloom Tromba squash.
VERDE DA TAGLIA CHARD (Mini only): An heirloom Italian variety this chard and sweet and tender.
GARLIC SCAPES (Mini Only): The flower bud of the garlic plant, we harvest them to help the plant bulk up the bulb. Not only are they beautiful but they taste just like garlic and can be used the same way. Here is a great article from Bon Appetit on what to do with them. Although you don't get many in your share they are fun crop to try out. You can find garlic scapes in greater quantities at a farmers market from farms that grow more garlic than we do!
SOCRATES CUCUMBER (Large only): Dark green, thin skinned, seedless and sweet! First of the season!
SPIGARIELLO (Large only): An heirloom Italian green. One of our favorites here on the farm spigariello can be used much like kale (even mixed with it) but has a bit more of the broccoli taste.
LACINATO KALE (Large only): Still getting a little pressure from pests but it is improving!
SCALLIONS (Large only): Nice, big bunches! Great in a salad, on top of tacos or even grilled.
SALAD MIX (Large only): Not much to say here....I see scallions, strawberries, cucumber, radishes and pink turnips with the salad mix...easy!
Out and over,