Week 5 of the TC3 Farm CSA is here and we had an entire week without any significant rain events. This time last year, I was in total freak out mode with the lack of rain. This past week was a welcome relief but looking ahead, it looks like the rain is returning. We kept plugging away at our weekly plantings by getting in lettuce, basil, carrots, beets, kale, collards, chinese cabbage, cucumbers and fennel. Our greenhouse tomatoes are finally all tied and are really starting to take off, as well as the hoophouse tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
It shouldn’t be too long until we can start harvesting these crops and filling your bellies with summer goodness!
This week’s share has a bunch of new items in it. There will be the first chard of the season. It’s not too big and can easily be eaten raw or lightly sautéed. There will also be fresh garlic. This isn’t the biggest garlic but the plants are telling me that it’s time to start harvesting them. Fresh garlic isn’t cured like you see in the store and it’s flavor is slightly mild but can be used just as you’d use garlic that is cured. Another new crop this week is sorrel. Sorrel has a lemony/sour flavor and is a nice addition to salads. I also like to add it to pasta dishes by pouring the boiling water over the chopped sorrel when draining the pasta. There won’t be any snow peas in the share this week (I think) but there will be sugar snap peas. The last new addition this week will be cucumbers.
Our pickling variety was ready first but the variety that we grow is actually a dual purpose and is great sliced in salads. I’m not sure how much there will be but I did a first round of harvesting this afternoon and will check again tomorrow. In addition to these new items, there will also be garlic scapes (I posted some ideas about scapes on our Facebook page last week), lettuce mix, kohlrabi, dandelion greens, kale and hakurei turnips. My wife has been making these awesome Honey-glazed turnips with them. She’s not one for recipes but used this one for inspiration.
Coming soon will be carrots, mini cabbages, and summer squash.
Have a great week!