Sorry this posting is a little late — it was my birthday yesterday and I rushed off to dinner after CSA pickup and didn’t have time to put this together until now.

In the share this Monday:

BASIL – a whole pound of genovese basil for your pesto-ing pleasure!  Combine with the garlic in the share perhaps?

fresh garlic – the variety I grew this year is Italian Easy Peel.  It got a rust pretty bad on the leaves of the plant but it doesn’t seem to affect the bulb at all.  Fresh garlic just means that the garlic has just been harvested and hasn’t been ‘cured’ for storage.

red & white russian kales – a mix of these two very similar varieties.  They are more tender than the lacinato types so don’t take as long to cook.  I find them a bit sweet as well.

beets – red & gold

arugula – there is no  lettuce for the moment so instead we have arugula for your salad.  Try it with blue cheese and nuts, or citrus and goat cheese.  I love the hint of lime flavor in this arugula.

radish – probably the last of the french breakfast radish.  Goodbye springtime!

cucumbers – a few regular slicers and then one new asian cucumber – “Suyo Long.”  It is supposed to be not bitter, and good for fresh eating and pickling.  Here’s an asian cucumber salad recipe that sounds easy and I’m sure any of the cukes would work in it: http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2012/05/03/asian-marinated-cucumber-salad/

zucchini – I love it grilled with some olive oil and salt.

cabbage – This is the pointed ‘early jersey wakefield’ again.  This is the last of the cabbage you’ll see until the fall.

Well harvests are very busy now on the farm, which is making it difficult for me to find time to get much planting done.  I am trying to plant lettuce every week still, and then there is the last seedings of carrots and beets, and transplanting of collards, kale, cabbage, escarole, radicchio, etc for the fall & winter.  I hope to get a bunch of this done this week – fingers crossed…

The field tomatoes got a good bit of trellising work done today.  I’m weaving the tomato plants with twine going horizontally back and forth between each plant, which then attach to T posts at the ends of the rows and every 10 feet or so in the row.  As the plants grow up a new weave of twine is put on about every 6″ up the T posts.

I also weeded the winter squash today.  Hopefully now they will fill in all the open ground space now and block out most of the future weeds.

Sorry for the lack of pictures recently…  a new phone with a decent camera is hopefully in my future and that will help immensely.