In your share this week:
- Swiss Chard - very buggy, very time consuming, may be the last of the season
- Zucchini and/or Squash
- Golden Beets, we are keeping the tops on so you can enjoy the beet greens too
- Broccoli, a LOT of broccoli
There were also some cauliflower that needed to be harvested this week, exactly enough for the Smoot and Afton members. You know the routine by now, we'll give the cauliflower to Jackson and Alpine members next week. It looks great, by the way. Shain did a great job controlling the bugs in the broccoli and cauliflower this year (naturally, of course). I still get shivers thinking about how buggy these crops were last year. We're down from hundreds of earwigs and caterpillars per harvest to about a dozen. Success!
Our salad mix is on hold for a week or two again. Apparently there was quite a severe rain storm in Smoot while we were on vacation. We saw no signs of any damage around the farm until Monday morning when we actually started cutting the salad greens and noticed they were shredded. Damaged salad greens are very time consuming to cut and clean up nice. With so much other food ready to harvest, we are opting to spend our time elsewhere until the next planting of salad is ready to harvest.
Update on some of our other crops:
It's quite possible we won't have any peppers this year. The plants are only 6 inches tall, still. They were about 2 feet tall last year at this time. All factors for growing these plants are the same as last year (seeds, dates, location, covering with row covers, etc.) except the weather. Too cold in the spring which likely stunted their growth severly and then not hot enough in the summer to make up for it.
I neglected to mention earlier that we aren't gowing leeks this year. Our order was cancelled by the grower because of crop failure due to severe hail damage. (Sounds familiar.) The company we order from is a main supplier for the US so you can imagine the effects this had on the market. I could buy fully grown leeks in the store for about the same price as buying leek starts from some smaller growers. Growing leeks from seed just isn't an option for us. We've tried before and they only grow to about the size of a large scallion in our short season.
Onions are also growing very slowly. They aren't full size yet but we've got plenty of them so we've decided to start digging them as is. You'll see them in the shares soon.
Garlic is bunched and hanging in the shed curing. We will start processing it in the coming week and get it all cleaned up. As soon as we have enough ready, we'll get it bagged up and distributed in your shares. We'll also have some to sell.
I know the big question on many people's mind is when will the tomatoes be ready? We are with you on that one! The plants were slow growing for a long time. They are about 25% smaller than last year but pretty loaded with fruit. We've picked a pound or two of ripe tomatoes every so often (about enough for one person), but not enough for the entire CSA or even one pick up site. I think this is our very first year of not having a great tomato harvest. But we're still hoping for the best.
I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to buy locally raised meat chickens. We've been referring people to Paul Smith for years and used to buy his birds before raising our own. Please contact Paul Smith for more information: 885-9284 or 887-9284. The cost is $2.75 lb. He lives in Auburn and I think they also makes regular deliveries to Jackson Hole.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!