Summer 2014 Weekly Farm Updates - June 25th
I cannot believe we are 6 weeks into our CSA program — where is the summer going?! We’re well into the growing season now and things are going really well on the farm. Though we are still technically behind — normally we have blackberries in time for Father’s Day pies! — we are getting a good harvest from most everything that we’ve planted. Certain crops are starting to slow down dramatically, a few are coming to an end, and luckily others are ramping up like crazy.
This week our CSA members will be enjoying the following produce:
- Sugar Snap peas
- English peas
- Red Russian Kale
- Tuscan Kale
- Collard Greens
- Nebachon onions
- Purplette onions
- Pearl Drop onions
- Summer Squash + Zucchini
This week is the last of the spring onions. Storage onions will come later in the season, but for now, we’re enjoying the last of the onion-y goodness from our fertile fields. I’ve been really enjoying this fresh springtime veg, so I’m bummed to see it go. I just have to keep reminding myself of all the good things yet to come this summer. Like juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, giant melons, squash, potatoes and so much more.
The squash & zucchini is coming in like crazy now. Just when I thought I had it all washed, our hard working crew showed up with two more bushels full. They are so fresh (the squash, not our crew), that they will keep for a bit, but why wait, they are so tasty! I love to just sauté them in a little olive oil and butter with salt & pepper, that way the natural flavor of the vegetable can really shine through.
The cabbage heads are absolutely stunning. Ryan, our farm manager, is a perfectionist when it comes to produce, so he wishes they were all giant, but I think they are absolutely perfect. Of course it’s great in slaw, but I actually love to roast cabbage — it caramelizes beautifully and gets sweet and tender.
I’m bummed to say that we could barely muster just a little bit of broccoli this year. I was completely shocked to see Ryan walk into the barn with any at all, as our broccoli and cauliflower rows have been suffering big time. Because the rain was plaguing us early in the season, and we were scrambling to prep the fields, the crew planted the broccoli and cauliflower in raised beds that weren’t ideal for this type of veg. We thought the amount of rain we had would cover us, but unfortunately raised beds are extremely efficient when it comes to drainage, and despite the numerous deluges, there just wasn’t enough moisture in the soil to make them happy. So these two crops languished and there wasn’t much we could do to save them. It’s the luck of the farming draw, and we’ve learned this lousy lesson the hard way.
Ryan, Avis & I have begun to talk about our CSA picnic, and we’re shooting for some time in August. We’re very excited at the idea of having our members all out for a tour and farm to table meal with us. Lots of summer’s biggest and best will be ready about then, so they'll get a chance to enjoy eating and picking some of our finest produce. Details will be coming soon!