Depth

'Blacktail Mountain' watermelon swirls.

2017 Week 32, Summer CSA Week 10 of 26

As farmers, we thirst with our farms. And as now, when the rain seeps in, half an inch an hour, we drink with them. Or, we do more than drink, but we imbibe; our neck back, the jug up, and the glug glugging, while small springs run across our cheeks. Amen. This is just what we want for all the fall root crops still thread-like and germinating in the field, especially the five beds of carrots that will tide us over this winter. It will also swell the sweet potatoes and beets, the winter squash, and our last round of melons. This long rain makes it a good day to add last week's shiso to a kettle for some hot lunchtime tea, and to slowly inch along the asparagus, pulling the perennial weeds that made it through the straw mulch.

Also, note that the 'Chinese Five Color' hot peppers are indeed mighty hot; and this is the last week of sweet corn.

See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Cabbage(s)
Chard(s)

Veggies
Bean, Snap
Bean, Soy/Edamame
Celery
Corn, Sweet
Leeks
Okra
Pepper, Sweet
Squash, Summer
Tomatoes, Large & Small

Roots
Carrots
Kohlrabi
Beets
Onion, Fresh
Potato, Fresh

Fruits
Husk Cherries

Herbs
Anise Hyssop*
Basil, Italian
Basil, Thai Sweet*
Garlic
Pepper, Hot
Sage*

Flowers

*New This Week

'Dr. Wyches' is the large orange in the foreground., one of the twenty different large tomatoes we have this year. The dentist Dr. John Wyche was part-owner of the Kelly Miller Circus, which over-wintered near his home in Hugo, Oklahoma. Come summer, he would spread elephant manure to grow his tomatoes, and lion and tiger dung to protect them. He called this one, 'Hot Yellow,' though I count it among the orange crowd, and it has since been renamed in his honor. It is nearly the same color as 'Kellogg's Breakfast,' though smaller, and a little less prone to disaster. Much shininess at the surface, here, but as with most things, the depth is so much richer.

Brains for breakfast. Celosia sizes-up a bit.