This week your share includes:
- Salad Mix
- Pac Choi, last of the year (as I explained in last week's newsletter)
- Napa Cabbage
This is me walking through the garlic a few days ago. The German Extra Hardy is as tall as my hips now. And the scapes, aka "garlic curls" are a few inches long. They'll be ready to snap off in a few weeks. The other varieties are coming along nicely too.
According to Farmer Shain, the majority of planting is done for the season. Most of the transplanting too. This is a major accomplishment and it means he is now available to move on to other projects and to help more with harvesting. However, he will continue with succession plantings of lettuces, peas and beans as the season goes on.
A few weeks ago I was stopped at the post office by a neighbor. He wanted to know if we had our "garden all planted yet?" I said "No" and laughed at his choice of words ("garden"?). Then I tried to explain our method of planting some crops in succession, sewing smaller batches over and over again, spread out over a period of time. He asked "why"?. I told him it was to spread the harvest out over several weeks, even months if possible. "If we plant an entire crop at once, all the food will be ready at the same time and we'd never be able to pick it all." Then he laughed at me and said "Exactly". Apparently his idea of gardening is to plant everything at once, then relax a bit and wait for the harvest. When the food comes on, harvest, eat, and give away as much as possible and then be done with it. This whole notion of spreading the food out over a longer period of time is not his idea of a good time. I think he even used the phrase "dragging it out so long".
Well folks, we are in no hurry to get this farm planted and done with already. Shain is quite detailed, specific and careful with his planting schedule. It's too bad the weather and bugs have to be a factor in how well the crops grow. Still, you can be assured we are doing our very best to drag this season and the produce out as long as possible.
We hop you all have a great 4th of July Weekend. We are having some family up for a few days. Our daughter Megan is performing with her school's bluegrass band. Then there's the rodeo to attend with all the younger city-boy cousins. I'm looking forward to it. Next week we start our intensified work schedule with harvesting food to sell at the Jackson Hole Farmers Market. We really enjoy the market. It's so rewarding to SEE the people who eat the food we are growing. And I admit to being quite fond of all the praise and compliments. But if we seem a little dazed over the next few months, you'll know why.
Take Care and Enjoy your Veggies!