Second Summer Share

Chard, parsley, summer squash, potatoes, carrots, favas, fresh onion, lettuce.

Some years are better growing years than others, this has been a tough one. It’s a small chard bunch, just the leaves the leaf miner left us on the last of the spring planting. The parsley is small today and I’m not sure how much we’ll have for Monday, summer squash too. Potato yields on this first harvest are dismal and aren’t looking like they’re going to improve much with time. We finally have some decent sized carrots, but we finished the first planting today and we’ll probably have smaller ones for Monday. The favas are a bright spot, with better than usual yields (and we also planted way more this year). The fresh onions are a bit smaller than usual, also not looking like they’ll put on as much size this year as in past years. Lettuce is probably our most consistent crop and shown is a new variety (for us), the very dark red Oscarde, but some folks got green crisp today, or romaine, and there’ll probably be an option between the green crisp and Oscarde on Monday, too.

We had some really nice green and yellow beans, and haricot verts on the farm stand today and I’m hoping that might be the case on Monday, too. Not enough to put in the shares, but it was a nice addition for folks who wanted something a little extra.

Considering how miserable the spring weather was, and talking to farming friends, I’m actually pretty happy that we’re getting anything at all. Lots of crops got planted late, everything grew really slowly until a few weeks ago, and the weeds, especially the grasses, took advantage of the smaller than usual plants and the difficult cultivating conditions and are worse than I’ve seen them in years. For weeks after I planted the potatoes I didn’t even think they were ever going to come up.

I’m super grateful for all of our CSA members support, always, and even more so in a year like this. We work hard to bring the best crops we can every year and our CSA members support us whether that work yields well, or in a year like this, it doesn’t. That’s the kind of thing that puts sustainability into farming sustainably. I’m also eternally optimistic that the next crop will be better, and much of the time it is.