Fog

 Good morning farm. :)

Good morning farm. :)

2018 Week 25, Summer CSA Pickup 3 of 26

What a great foggy morning, here on the farm. I know it will be in the mid-to-upper 90s later today, but not now. It is foggy now, and cool, and soft here in the fields. Mornings like this one always remind me of a snowy Hemingway quote about a moose: "In a snowstorm you rode up to a moose and he mistook your horse for another moose and trotted forward to meet you. In a snowstorm it always seemed, for a time, as though there were no enemies." Yes, it's that kind of morning.

The scent of summer was out there this week -- the literal smell of the sweet corn as I walked by, and our first snap beans and summer squash to harvest; the single tiny sweet pepper, and a single okra, cheering their mates on; and the one variety of early tomatoes that ripened, mostly, by this Sunday's field walk. Some groundhogs were nibbling our carrot tops, so I pulled a few to check their progress; with the past rain, and the coming heat, we might have some in two weeks. As we lost much of the spring complement, I am quite eager to give you all a fuller spread. It's coming!

We have five shares left to sell. Get 10% of any dollar sent my way, sent your way, should you sell the share. Otherwise, yes, that's pretty cool that we've come so far by the start of this second year.

See you on the farm,
Austin

PS: This is likely the last week for fresh Milky Oats, before I put them in the drier for winter. Do take some for an infusion -- overnight in hot water, or otherwise not much longer than 6 hours.

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard
Lettuce

Veggies
Beans, Snap
Radish, Salad
Summer Squash* -- just one, maybe.
Turnip, Salad

Storage
Beans, Dry
   - Carolina Crowder
   - Kenearly Yellow Eye
   - Midnight Black Turtle
   - Quincy Pinto
Popcorn
Sweet Potato

Herbs
Ashwagandha, dried
Basil, Italian
Basil, Holy, Temperate*
Basil, Thai

Dill
Garlic, Scapes
Hot Pepper, Dried

Milky Oats -- the last week!
Peppermint*
Scallions

Flowers

The Pickle Pile
Onion
Parsnip

Radish, Winter
Turnip, Winter

*New This Week

 We planted 25 varieties of early tomatoes, and this one -- 'Bloody Butcher -- is the first to ripen. And at only 100 days from seeding! A few others are not far behind, though, so let's see who moves past the first round for next year. Do note that we're probably two-weeks away from general harvest, at this point. There are fruit on some of the second generation heirlooms, as well, but they are otherwise a few weeks after these Earlies.  For sure, the hardest work on the farm is the post-Sunday-field-walk kitchen research. (I lie.) A tomato-lettuce-scallion-basil sandwich for some serious note-taking. I debate posting this tease, as the full 25-variety CSA-sustaining harvest is yet to be. But this helps me plan for next year.

We planted 25 varieties of early tomatoes, and this one -- 'Bloody Butcher -- is the first to ripen. And at only 100 days from seeding! A few others are not far behind, though, so let's see who moves past the first round for next year. Do note that we're probably two-weeks away from general harvest, at this point. There are fruit on some of the second generation heirlooms, as well, but they are otherwise a few weeks after these Earlies.

For sure, the hardest work on the farm is the post-Sunday-field-walk kitchen research. (I lie.) A tomato-lettuce-scallion-basil sandwich for some serious note-taking. I debate posting this tease, as the full 25-variety CSA-sustaining harvest is yet to be. But this helps me plan for next year.

 The winter potatoes come in so well. Note the level/dipping portion of the field, where said potatoes did not survive the deluge. I re-seeded the re-seeding of beets, and the only seeding of parsnips, who also succumbed to the rain. Parsnips need some time to grow, but we should have just enough time before frost to have them ready for the Winter.

The winter potatoes come in so well. Note the level/dipping portion of the field, where said potatoes did not survive the deluge. I re-seeded the re-seeding of beets, and the only seeding of parsnips, who also succumbed to the rain. Parsnips need some time to grow, but we should have just enough time before frost to have them ready for the Winter.

 A pretty morning, out to pick beans. Carrots in the right foreground start to engorge their roots. The onions, behind them, are day-length sensitive in their bulbing, and so are collecting sunlight and top-size at this point.

A pretty morning, out to pick beans. Carrots in the right foreground start to engorge their roots. The onions, behind them, are day-length sensitive in their bulbing, and so are collecting sunlight and top-size at this point.

 You wouldn't think to look at them, but these are going to be the most beautiful crop on the farm. The turmeric emerges.

You wouldn't think to look at them, but these are going to be the most beautiful crop on the farm. The turmeric emerges.