In your share this week:
- Sweet Yellow Onion
- Golden Beets
- Snap Peas
- Swiss Chard
- Salad Mix
This week's CSA share is being delivered one day early so we can enjoy family who are coming from out of town. We will be back on our regular Wednesday schedule next week.
So much for delivering a a "smaller share" due to us only harvesting two days this week. The farm is overflowing with wonderful food and with the help of our awesome workshares we keep putting together some great shares of summer produce.
Unfortunately, there are some crops that aren't doing well in this heat. The spinach has bolted and is no longer worth the amount of time it would take to get enough for the CSA. The salad is growing well but is very buggy and time consuming. It's quite likely the salad will be skipped every once in a while or we will only be able to give smaller bags. We are starting to see more bugs in the Swiss chard and kale too. Keep your eyes open for caterpillars, aphids, ear wigs, or other critters and where they've layed eggs on the back of leaves. We do our best to sort and look through the greens muntiple times, but I'm sure we aren't 100% perfect. Hey, it's organic!
As some crops struggle, others are maturing and are ready to harvest. The onions look and smell fabulous. We are growing both yellow and red onions in a hoophouse and they are doing very well. We anticipate having onions on a regular basis from here through fall. The tomatoes are slowly starting to turn colors. The basil is looking beautiful and after we get it weeded this weekend, it should be ready to harvest in two weeks.
This is a picture from last week of the inside of greenhouse 6, also known as the big tomato greenhouse. The basil is growing under the black shade cloth just to the right of center. From left to right: cucumber plants (from which we are harvesting over 150 per week), peppers, Ida Gold tomatoes, basil, and Glacier tomatoes on the right. Just right of the taller tomato plants Shain is growing a trial variety of pole beans. You can't see them in the picture because they are still pretty small.
We've been struggling with growing beans these past two years. Our French fillet beans have become rather famous at the farmers market and with our CSA members, but they haven't been germinating very well and are a challenge to grow and harvest. We are trying a new type of French fillet bean that is supposed to taste just as good and be a lot easier to grow. We'll see.
Above is greenhouse 7 where we've planted most of the beans, along with a row of dill down the far left side, and the row of summer squash right down the middle. You can see the sparsly growing beans on these two rows above. Shain estimates we've experienced a less than 50% germination rate on the beans this year. He's determined to figure out how to adjust to this problem and make it better in the future.
Well folks, it's fair week here in Star Valley. Time for some small town fun and games. One of my favorite things is to look at all the craft exhibits and farm animals. It's so good to be able to enjoy this time of year.
This Saturday we will start digging up the garlic plants. It's a huge project and we invite all our members to come pitch in. There's work to be done for any and everyone regardless of strenght or size. Contact me for more informaiton.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!