In your share this week:
- Chinese Cabbage
- Pac Choi
- Japanese Turnips
- Italian Parsley
The arugula bolted this past week so it's done for the season. Same thing is happening with the Chinese cabbage, so we decided to harvest all thats left and give them out this week. Boc Choi is starting to go to flower now too, but not as bad. Maybe it will last for another share? Maybe not. Then the bugs that like our Japanese Turnips have come out so this is the last week for them too. Looks like Mother Nature is tellig us she is through with cool weather crops and moving on to warmer weather veggies.
It's good to see the head cabbage doing it's job, forming nice heads. I'm hoping they do so before the caterpillars come out! Head cabbage can be such a challenge, especially when growing 100's of them. It's good to see so many of our crops growing nicely on the farm with the warm weather.
We did a lot of planting this past week. I got the last of all the zucchini and squash transplanted. Shain has been planting shell peas, salad, fennel, radishes, scallions, parsley, cilantro, and snap peas.
Shain reminded me yesterday that all the produce we have harvested so far this season has been coming only from greenhouses 1 & 2. The first exceptions will be the Chinese cabbages this week (from greenhouse 3) and the parsley (from field 2, which is a surprise regrowth from last years crop). Shain loves his greenhouses and is dreaming of yet another one, or more. :)
If the amount of greens coming in your shares these weeks is too much for you, I recommend cooking them up stir fry method (with other veggies) and using the mixture for egg rolls. I say this every year, but I also make it every year. The original recipe is here, but I don't follow a recipe anymore. The batch I made recently was all veggie, using whatever I had on hand (ginger, garlic, onion, celery, carrots, arugula, about 7 small heads of Chinese cabbage and sesame oil). This made enough for 3 batches of egg rolls, 2 of which I froze for winter. I may just have to do it again with all the boc choi in my fridge. But Shain tells me he's going to make stir fry for dinner this week... oh, the possibilities. Isn't it nice?
IMPORTANT: There will NOT be a CSA delivery next week, July 5th. The 4th of July holiday is falling conveniently at a time when our food production is a low so we decided to take advantage of the situation and take a few days off to relax a little (translation - not work as much). Happy celebrating to all of you!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!