Howdy everyone! I hope that the first CSA pickup went well for folks and that you enjoyed your share.
The past week on the farm was busy as always and we powered through a lot of planting. We are almost all caught up to where we need to be. I like to think if we’re only a week or so behind, then we are in good shape. The rest of the field peppers along with our potatoes finally got in the ground. I was also able to squeeze in enough field prep in between the rain to set us up nicely for our fall plantings. This week will be another big push to get plants in the ground. In addition to all of the planting we’ve been doing, we’ve been spending time staying on top of the crops that have been already planted. An important part of our crop mix are the plants that are in our hoophouses. For the summer we like to plant heat loving crops, so we have eggplant, peppers and heirloom tomatoes in those spots. They have been doubling in size each week.
This season we are growing 14! different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and I am very excited about them! As a small-scale vegetable farm, I like to say the one thing that we specialize is diversity. This season we are growing about 150 different varieties of vegetables!
This week’s share is going to have a few new items to choose from. There will be radishes, arugula and a mustard mix in addition to the Japanese salad turnips, the mild Asian greens, garlic greens, mini romaine lettuce, rutabaga, potatoes and strawberries. This will be the last week for garlic greens and starting next week, there will be garlic scapes. I’m not sure how long the strawberries will last but it looks like there is enough for everyone to get a quart again. All the greens have gotten a little bigger in the past week. They can still be used for salad but you may also want to saute them lightly. One thing that you may notice in the greens are tiny little holes. They are from a little pest called flea beetles. They love the Brassica family of crops! Since we use organic practices on the farm, there aren’t many effective controls for flea beetles except for row cover (a white blanket like fabric that we put over our crops). When it gets too warm, we have to take the covers off and then the flea beetles move in. It’s all cosmetic, so don’t worry.
I hope you all have a great week!