2018 Week 24, Summer CSA Pickup 2 of 26
It was a great, busy week on the farm, doing all at once what the rain denied us. Most exciting was turning a nearly empty field full, with a third planting of tomatoes, cucumbers, and summer squash; a second planting of watermelons; and our first, and last, planting of winter squash.That makes nearly 20% of the vegetable farm, which, on a Sunday meandering, feels quite nice to look at in its sudden completion. We also greenhouse-seeded the fall broccoli-family crops -- broccoli, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi -- several weeks earlier than last year, and with the plan to do it again in a few more weeks, all with the aim of abundant broccoli, who has so far eluded this young farm. Many thanks to my dad, who came to assist a momentarily-bum-arm.
The summer farm continues to slide towards production. I harvested the first bin of snap beans this Saturday, there are a few singular summer squash ready to go, and the early tomatoes are likely less than a month from ripening. Our medicinal, nervine milky oats are almost all 'milky' as well, which to me is the true first sign of the awakening farm. This is a once-a-year- thing -- when the inner body of the oat seed metamorphoses from paper to grain, with a milky body in the interim -- so do take some for infusion while they're fresh. I will dry the remainder for winter.
Thank you so much for being here this summer,
See you on the farm,
PS: The plastic bags in the farmstand are a take-as-you-need-leave-as-you-can affair, so feel free to ...
- Carolina Crowder
- Kenearly Yellow Eye
- Midnight Black Turtle
- Quincy Pinto
Basil, Holy, Tropical*
Cilantro or Dill*
Hot Pepper, Dried
The Pickle Pile
*New This Week