Hope you are enjoying the new specialty items you are receiving in your share lately, especially these fresh herbs. Above is a nice batch of camomile and licorice root tea I made last week. Prep time 5 minutes. Enjoyed it all week long. I prefer it cold and straight up (no added sweetener). I want to try a fennel fern tea this week. Remember these are trial items we grew for a restaurant and would like your feedback if we should grow enough for the CSA.
In your share this week:
- Sweet Walla Walla Onions
- Red Russian Kale
- Tuscan "Dino" Kale
- Red Veined Sorrel
- Bronze Fennel Fern
- Fresh Dill
- French Fillet Beans
- Yukon Gold Potatoes
- Squash & zucchini - last of the season, gave to the people next in line, everyone got some all season and we came out just about even
- Cucumbers - rotating until there are enough for everyone
- Tomatoes - first picking, only enough for Afton (don't hate me if this isn't you)
This week's bunch of carrots is the first we've dug from our outside row. (Weeks prior were growing in greenhouse 7.) Believe it or not, but due to the freeze we got a few nights ago, they are even sweeter now!
We started digging our potatoes this last Saturday. 2 of the 5 rows are out. We'll continue with this project on Saturday. (Hey, you could come join us!) There was a fairly good yield considering how many frosts we got all through the summer. Row covers and a layer of paper mulch really helped pull them through.
Our row of red veined sorrel is thriving! It was a last minute decision (actually, a Workshare approved last minute idea) to add a small bag to the share this week. Many of the ladies say they enjoy eating it plain. Restaurants are buying a big bag of this from me each week and adding it to their dishes as a garnish. It's also a nice addition to a salad (doesn't have to be lettuce greens, try it with the kale in your share this week).
We got another hard freeze on Monday Night/Tuesday morning. 28 degrees on the farm at 7 am on Tuesday morning. Shain and I have been spending a lot of time on row cover duty lately. On Monday night, we double covered everything we could. I was so happy to take covers off on Tuesday (after the sun was up over the mountains) and see that nothing had died. We'll continue with this routine as needed through the end of the season. Sure not ready for our crops to die off yet!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies!