In your share this week:
- Salad Mix
- Chinese Cabbage "hearts"
- Italian Parsley
The GARLIC is ready to harvest! We will start this BIG project this coming Friday, July 29th at 3 pm until dusk and then get at it again on Saturday morning, July 30th, at 7 am. We have 8 long rows to get out of the ground. We'll work as long as we can on Saturday (or for as long as we have help) and then continue with the project on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings (as help is available) or until it's all out of the ground. I extend the invitation to all our CSA members to come help on the farm. We need strong men for the digging, and ladies or older children for the bunching. Please let me know if you can come help. We've had years when this job is done in just a couple of days and other years when it's dragged on. Let's make this a year to brag about!
I've had to go out and pick zucchini every morning this week to keep up with them! It's incredible how they turn on and how much they can grow on a hot day! The yellow summer squash plants are loaded with blossoms and little babies measuring a few inches. I predict they will keep me busy very soon as well.
The poor "holy" Chinese cabbage "hearts" you are getting are all that's left of our entire second crop of Chinese cabbage plants. One week they aren't big enough to harvest, and the next week they are eaten down to nearly nothing. We opted to take out the entire row, salvage the inside "hearts" and make room to plant a fall crop.
Report from Farmer Shain's last walk around the farm - The bean plants have blossoms. The peas do too. Carrots and beets are very close to being big enough to harvest. Our new rows of salad mix will be ready to cut from next week. Our sweet yellow Walla Walla onions are forming nice and big. The spinach is bolting (*sad face*). All the rows of crops we weeded recently have really taken off. Shain's next top priority is to plant a fall crop of spinach.
Thanks to CSA member Cindy for sharing this recipe- Rainbow Slaw, using the kale in your share. She says it's one of their favorite ways to enjoy kale. Do you have recipes to share? Or photos of meals you are making with your CSA share? I'd love to post them here to inspire others with great ideas for eating well with your CSA produce.
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!