In your share this week:
- Salad Mix - 2 bags
- Arugula - last of the season*
- Japanese Turnips
I've heard from several members what a surprise it was to get 2 bags of salad mix in your share. Many thought it was a mistake, a mix up in how the shares got put together back at the farm. Nope. We planted a good crop of salad that was to be ready the middle of May and last us about a month. Instead, it was ALL ready at the end of May and so we are sharing the abundance. I don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about too much salad mix, it's one of the things we are "famous" for.
*Just as predicted, the arugula bolted as soon as the temperatures warmed up. We have learned over the years that planting a second crop is futile, flea beetles LOVE arugula on our farm and can eat an entire planting down to stubble. The little black buggers come out about this same too, so we spend our time and efforts on other, less susceptible, crops.
It was a pleasant surprise to see plenty of radishes and turnips this week. I really do enjoy pulling these beauties from the ground. So good to see color on the farm! Japanese turnips are a personal favorite for many CSA members. There's another bug (a type of root maggot) that loves the turnips, but we are usually able to get a steady harvest of turnips for several weeks. Remember to make use of the turnip greens! I've also seen several recipes recently that makes good use of the radish tops - wilted with other greens or in sauces.
Farmer Shain's comment: "Wow! We have so much planted! A lot of good food will be coming soon."
We are planting potatoes this Saturday and I'm extending an open invitation to the entire CSA to help with this big project. We'll start at 9:30 am and work until the job is complete. Please let me know if you can make it.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!