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 It's not like farming's brain surgery, or anything like that ...

It's not like farming's brain surgery, or anything like that ...

2018 Week 29, Summer CSA Pick-up 7 of 26

Happy humid, everybody. I'm thinking a kickboard might be a good way to get down to the blackberries for picking tomorrow, if the lifeguard lets me. And, speaking of lifeguards, where were they when the fox -- it turns out, not a raccoon! -- went running off with all that sweet corn? It was at 3:23 one morning when we spent a moment with cocked heads and locked eyes, pondering each other by the cornfield. My, what sweet teeth you have. On that end, I held back last week's remaining corn from market, and will have it out again at the CSA. Although some of the sugar will have started converting to starch, it still tastes good to me, and is better than the absence the fox would otherwise have given us.

The summer potatoes have lost their leaves, so I start the digging on Monday. Carrots are soon to follow. The next generation of squash is starting-up, and it will be good -- ah, likely great -- to mow and move on from the rained-out first two. The third planting of tomatoes also looks really great, as it altogether missed the early rains which so diseased the early plantings. Watermelons continue to size-up in this heat. The same heat which will make us wait until fall for the next round of lettuce, as the spring round peters out.

I have been reviewing the spring damage and making plans for next year, as I read along and make notes from a nearly-100-year-old nugget, "Root Development of Vegetable Crops." (If you aren't into words, it has pictures.) I will spare you my geeked-out joy, but feel free to ask about new varieties of squash (Cucurbita moschata types against the squash vine borer), spring onions ('Crystal white wax', the obvious winner over the last two years), chard ('Argentata', because Essex Farm), and the like. More importantly, though, I have pretty easily found the limits of the farm's soil at this point, and am wholly revamping spacing for more appropriately sized, and less stressed, veggies. I, of course, continue to improve that fertility via the semi-provisional, fertilizer-less notion that veggie farms are not obligate material and energy sinks. We can talk about that, too.

I hope you all are well,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Expected Harvest

Greens
Chard
Kale
Lettuce

Veggies
Beans, Snap
Beans, Soy / Edamame*
Beets
Corn, Sweet
Kohlrabi*
Okra
Tomato, Large & Small

Fruit
Blackberry

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

Dill
Garlic, Scapes
Hot Pepper, Dried

Scallions or Chives*
Shiso*
Sorrel

Staples
Beans, Dry
Popcorn

The Pickle Pile

Flowers

*New This Week

  Celosia argentea cristata  'Chief Rose'

Celosia argentea cristata 'Chief Rose'