Summer Share – Week 9

Busy day yesterday being one crew member short and at the same time trying to prepare a bit for the potential rain tomorrow. I say one crew member short, but not really – just one of the four of us on vacation. Most farms of our type that I know don’t really do summer vacations but for me it’s important to be able to take some time in the summers to recharge and so I make that an option for everyone on the crew and I’m happy when people take advantage of it – and even happier when they come back, refreshed!

The share this week is heavy on the tomatoes, and with a little luck, it’ll continue to be for the next few weeks (more notes on tomatoes in a follow up post soon). Cucumbers and summer squash continue to be staples, but they’re slowing down a bit. Two Ailsa Craig sweet onions this week, and we’ll be giving out a lot more onions in the next few weeks. Lettuce, celery and carrots round out the share – all a bit ragged from various summer stresses, but still tasty.

In preparation for potential rain tomorrow, one of our tasks yesterday was getting the storage onions whose tops are drying down out of the field so they don’t get wet. We still have one more round of sweet onions to give out in the next few weeks, as well as some more red onions. We’re also pulling in all of the shallots and storage onions and we’ll give some of those out before the end of summer, and some of them we’ll hold onto to put into the early fall shares.

In addition to pulling in onions yesterday we managed to plant escarole for the fall shares, one of my favorite fall salad crops! I also seeded watermelon radishes, Gilfeather’s turnips (more of a rutabaga, but ultimately better than any other turnip or rutabaga), and hakurei turnips – all for the fall shares. A little cooling rain tomorrow should actually help these germinate nicely.

For the farm stand we’re harvesting padron peppers, some chard bunches, trebona beans, tsakoniki eggplant, and we might have a few extra summer squash and cucumbers. Basil is available for special order, and next week we’ll start having the Ulysses sauce tomatoes for special order as well. The u-pick area has lots of cherry tomatoes, padron peppers, the first jalepeños, many herbs and cut flowers – and they all need to be picked so don’t be shy. Stay tuned for more information on tomato varieties (or look back through the social media posts from last summer for my notes then – pretty much the same as this year I think).

Summer Predictions – Week 9 – Plus Thank Yous

Last week my good friend and fantastic farm Photographer Shawn Linehan came and took some photos. I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been a little too busy to take many photos this year, and I’m terrible about getting photos with people in them, so it was especially nice to have her get photos with both the crew and some of our wonderful CSA members. A link to the full gallery is here.

On the topic of flowers (which is why I picked that particular photo above), our CSA member, Sarah Fry, who has been offering beautiful bouquets through the farm stand just let me know that her garden is transitioning back to fall veggies right now so this week was the last week of flowers from her. Fortunately we have an abundance of blooms in the u-pick section – and they’ll keep producing more if you pick them, so pick lots! The same goes for the herbs, padron peppers and cherry tomatoes, and I think I saw some other hot peppers starting to ripen as well.

Back to predicting what we’ll be harvesting next week, likely candidates are: lettuce (butter or romaine, not sure which yet), more sweet onions, summer squash, cucumbers, a few stalks of celery, and many tomatoes. The summer squash and cucumbers seem to be slowing down a bit, but we had a big tomato harvest Thursday and I expect it won’t be our only big one.

There are a few other possible items for the share that I’m keeping my eye on. The chard is producing well, but I’m not sure I want to over do it so we’ll probably take a week off. Sweet peppers and eggplant are slow this year. We sampled the eggplant on Thursday but my guess is that we’ll only be putting it in intermittently over the next month or two. Peppers look like they’re another week or two away, but I could be surprised. At some point soon we’ll be digging more potatoes, could even be next week. Beets are the other crop that comes to mind, but I think those might also need another week or two to size up, we’ll see on Monday.

We’re still picking smaller quantities of Romano beans and padron peppers for the farm stand, and we can pick basil to order (give us at least a day advance notice). I always try to have a few extra greens up there as well as small bits of the veggies that didn’t quite fit into the regular CSA numbers.

Summer Share – Week 8

Pretty close to as predicted: Nevada summer crisp lettuce, a couple of cucumbers, a couple of summer squash, a few tomatoes, a handful of beans, red onion, carrots, chard and basil. Padron peppers and eggplant made it to the farm stand, along with some other extras and some beautiful flower bouquets by our talented CSA member, Sarah Fry.

The big rain this weekend was probably mostly good for the farm, as I was feeling like we needed a little extra water and the skies delivered. It will probably mean more weeds to knock back in the short term, but we’ll take it. Ironically, we picked the first of the dry beans this afternoon – our soranas that will be shelled later this fall. Dry beans aren’t part of the CSA shares, but we’ll have them for special order. We have more dry beans that will need to be picked soon, and we’ll also be pulling all of the onions and shallots soon to cure those for storage, so I’m hoping for dry weather for a bit at this point.

Besides a pretty decent harvest day we also managed to get a quadruple planting of fall lettuce in, a share or two worth of kohlrabi, and I was able to seed some spinach (fingers crossed for good germination – we haven’t had great luck the past few years with fall spinach). I was also able to get more cover crops seeded which always makes me happy – nice to get the soil covered with something other than weeds to help keep it productive.

Summer Predictions – Week 8

Here’s my best guess for next week’s harvest: Swiss chard, carrots, celery, romano beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, and lettuce. Basil and eggplant are two outside possibilities but it is more likely that we’ll have them on the farm stand. The original plan had sweet peppers starting next week; on my field walk they’re looking good but probably not ready to harvest for another week or two. We will have padron peppers at the farm stand, and some of the hot peppers might be ready in the pick your own section in the next week or two.

Besides hot peppers, in the pick your own section the flowers are looking great and I’d love to see folks picking even just a handful to take home for the table (or pick a big bouquet!) Cherry tomatoes are just starting to come on and we have four varieties this season.

This time of year gets a little repetitive with week after week of cucumbers, summer squash and tomatoes – but the season for those is so short and there are so many options for preparing them that I hope you all are enjoying the abundance. Last year wasn’t a very good cucumber year, but this year we’ve had more than we expected. So far the chard has also been more abundant than expected and so we’re continuing to harvest it more heavily than we planned. There are a few crops that haven’t worked as well – no provider green beans this year, less eggplant than I hoped for – but that’s the typical variation from year to year, some things do better, some do worse, so we plant a wide range and do our best to give them all a good shot at being productive.

In the field this week we made some good progress on knocking back weeds, and planting chicories and roots for the fall. The cool weather is also conveniently for germinating our final round of lettuce seeding in the greenhouse. Unfortunately last week’s heat made our first round of fall spinach starts bolt before we could get them planted, but we’ll try for a direct seeding and see if we can make that work, along with the second round of transplants still coming up in the greenhouse.

Summer Share – Week 7

We’re a at the half way mark for summer and the tomatoes are finally here. We harvest the tomatoes with a range of ripenesses, and mostly we try to pick them before they’re dead ripe. This give you at least a few days to eat the tomato before it’s over ripe. We also harvest some that are a day or two away from being really ready, which again, gives you a few more days before you need to eat the tomato. If you want tomatoes that will make it back to your house in good shape, and will be prime a few days after they get to your house, pick the firmer, lighter colored tomatoes and then let them sit out on your counter. The warmer the spot you leave them in, the faster they’ll ripen. I’ll try to do a post with photos of all of the varieties when they’re all ready. For today we had a mixed batch with some Black Krim, Pruden’s Purple, Matina, and Red Racers to choose from.

Similarly, with the summer squashes we’re growing we’re picking a variety of sizes, leaning toward larger squash, but putting out a mix of sizes for folks to choose from.

Today’s share also has cucumbers, which are still going strong, red leaf lettuce, Romano beans, sweet onion, and beet greens. The beet greens are the thinnings from our next beet crop which should be ready for a full harvest in a few weeks.

Today we also got to plant the radicchio and pan di zucchero for the fall shares, two of my favorite crops. With a little luck, on Thursday we’ll also get around to seeding a bunch of the roots for fall, and the final lettuce planting of the year.

Summer Predictions – Week 7

Romano beans, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, summer squash, chard, tomatoes were all in the plan for the share when I made it up in January.

First, some notes on expected changes from the original plan: unfortunately the cool season mixed with symphylans (a little soil dweller that eats roots) has really set the eggplant back and it’s just starting to recover. The tomatoes are coming in very slowly. It’ll probably be a small share of those, but we did have enough of the early matina and red racers to give out samples on Thursday last week. Last week we also gave out chard so I’m thinking we’ll give it a week to regrow and see if we can get another green, possibly the kale or collards, into the shares. Beet greens are another possibility as we have a planting that might need some thinning – and beet greens are basically chard… We also have a few wild cards that could show up in the shares any time: celery, onions, and carrots.

On the farm stand I’m hoping we’ll have basil and padron peppers. If those are favorites of yours make sure to check them out. The other peppers are looking pretty good but they’re still a few weeks out from harvest, at least. On the basil, if you’re looking for larger quantities to make pesto please send me a note and let me know how much you’d like – I can try to let you know if we’ll have enough and to reserve some for you.

We had a good week of planting and preparing for more planting of fall crops next week. It’s been so busy that I’ve been forgetting to take photos while I’m at the farm (of everything except for irrigation meters). Here’s a photo of some of the vegetables from the farm that are currently in my fridge (I eat a lot of the weird looking ones).

Summer Share – Week 6

This weeks share is pretty close to predicted. Yesterday was a long day so I’m a bit late in posting this photo of the share. We did get a lot of fall planting done though so that was good.

In the share is butter lettuce, Romano beans, summer squash, red potatoes, red onion, cucumbers, chard and just a few padron peppers.

The beans are just starting so it was a small share and we hope to have more next week. The padron peppers are just a sample and we don’t have enough planted for big shares, but there are some in the you pick section that will be ready soon, and we’ll be selling larger quantities at the farm stand. They’re mostly not hot (unless they get too big) and I like them best fried in oil and tossed with salt, then eaten whole. I’ve also found that the larger, spicy ones, do make a nice salsa.

With the warm weather we saw the very first ripe tomatoes – not quite enough to fit into the shares yet but they’ll be here soon. I was hoping to get one last summer bunch of collards in the share but they’re not looking too good from the warm weather so we’re giving out chard instead. Collards and kale will be on vacation until the weather cools off again in the fall.

Yesterday’s long planting list included more collards and kale. We also planted more parsley and fennel, and I seeded the last round of carrots. Fingers crossed for a good fall harvest!

Summer Predictions – Week 6

Looks like it’s going to be a warm one next week, we’re pretty much at peak irrigation season right now. In terms of vegetables, that warm weather should help ripen all of those green tomatoes hanging out – but I’m still not sure if we’ll have any ready for next week’s harvest, almost definitely by the week after if not next week. Other than tomatoes, next week’s harvest should look similar to this last week’s. We’ll have a few more of the red potatoes, we should have more carrots, the collards might still be good enough for a bunch green even. There won’t be basil or celery, but this is the kind of weather than cucumbers and summer squash love so I’m guessing we’ll have a glut of those. After a very poor cucumber year last year we’re having huge yields this year, at least from the Marketmores. I hope you’re all making lots of cucumber salads. Continuing with predictions, we’ll put some onions in the shares again, and the lettuce will probably be butter heads.

besides harvest next week, we also have a lot of planting to do for the fall. Carrots, lettuce, kale, fennel and parsley are all slated to go in the ground, and we’ll be seeding escarole and spinach in the greenhouse, hoping the heat doesn’t inhibit their germination.

Summer Share – Week 5

The shares are getting more predictable – which means last week’s prediction was pretty much right on. In the share this week are more carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, summer squash, onion, celery, romaine and kale.

A few quick notes on some of the items. The celery is a first pick, really a cleaning up of the plants to encourage more big stems later and that means today’s stems are a bit smaller and more suited to chopping up for flavor in a salad or soup than for slathering with peanut butter and raisins. The lettuce and kale are also not at their absolute prime after the recent heat, but I think they’re still better than most of what you’ll find in the stores.

The potatoes are a new variety for us, Giant White. The do seem to make a few giant potatoes, as well as quite a few small ones. I cooked up one for dinner and was very happy with the flavor and texture. In some ways it overlaps with Yukon Gold and I’m not sure I like it as well, but let me know what you think. We also dug the rest of the Dark Red Norland potatoes today but we’ll give those out next week (I actually hadn’t realized we had more when we first dug them last week).

By the end of last week I was feeling more caught up with weeding and all of the other field work than I have in months. That’s not to say that we’re completely caught up, but we’re not nearly as behind as we’ve been. I think we’re in a bit of a calm before the storm pattern right now as we’ll start making a bunch of new plantings for the fall in the next few weeks and that will greatly increase our labor needs for both planting and weeding. We’ll see how that goes, but right now it feels like we might just be able to handle it.

Summer Share – Week 4

Another solid share yesterday, getting a little heavier with fruit and roots. This might have been the last full harvest of broccoli and I’m not sure that Thursday will get any this week, although Thursday members have been getting a little more than Mondays’ so todays harvest evened that out a bit.

More new potatoes, meaning the skins haven’t set yet so they’re a bit more delicate and have a bit more moisture in them – Dark Red Norlands this time. Red onions make their first appearance. We’ll be harvesting onions fresh for the next month or so, not every week, but a few times. After that we’ll start giving out onions and shallots that are cured for longer storage (or immediate use, your choice). These fresh onions will still keep very well in your fridge if you don’t get to them right away.

Speaking of storing the vegetables in your fridge, we’ve been giving out the carrots with tops, but if you’re not eating them right away and you’re storing them, make sure to remove the tops. If you leave them on they’ll continue to suck water out of the roots and the roots will go soft sooner.

Also in the share: chard, parsley, summer squash, cucumbers and lettuce. The parsley is a moderately sized bunch, and a particularly sweet variety that we’ve been growing for years now based on a recommendation from #denisonfarms. Yet another farmer @farmer.laura told me she thinks of it more as a green and less as an herb, and I think this is a great way to treat it. I really like it chopped finely and cooked in olive oil with pretty much any of the other summer vegetables (I like pretty much everything cooked in olive oil).

At the farm stand we’ve had some extra beets, turnips, and cosmetically challenged, but delicious kohlrabi and those will only be around for a week or so. We’ll try to continue to have extra lettuce and greens for a while and we’ll probably have extra summer squash and cucumbers soon.

As always, remember to check out recipes on @cookwithwhatyouhave if you need any tips or new ideas for how to use the vegetables.

Summer Predictions – Week 4

Here’s what I’m thinking for next week’s share: lettuce, summer squash, cucumbers, parsley, potatoes, kale or chard, broccoli, and carrots.

The lettuce will be our green crisp, Nevada. The summer squash will be Mutabile zucchini, Genovese zucchini, and Pattison patty pans should be making it into the mix next week. We also have three cucumbers that we’ll be harvesting: Marketmore slicers, Shintokiwa are a sweeter longer style, and lemon cucumbers should be showing up soon too.

Broccoli and bunch greens like kale and chard won’t continue all summer as they don’t really love hot summer weather, but it looks one or more of them they might make it into next week’s share.

Potatoes and carrots are hard to predict quantities and qualities until we actually dig them, but the tops are looking good so we’re hoping for a good harvest next week. Parsley is versatile herb but it goes particularly nicely with the potatoes so we’ll try to do bunches of that for next week as well.

A few posts back I mentioned that one of our CSA members is growing beautiful flowers and would be making them available at the farm stand. The photo above are the bouquets she brought on Thursday – definitely brightening up our display! I brought home pair of these and they’re making my dining table a very happy place along with the great produce going into my meals. We’re starting to have a few cut flowers out in the pick your own section of the farm so if you want flowers you have multiple options now.

Summer Share – Week 3

I got a little distracted with the holiday last week and never got around to predicting the share last week. We’re overlapping some spring holdouts today with the first of the summer crops. Collards, arugula, hakurei turnips, and favas all hold on for another week, although Thursday probably won’t see the turnips as they got a huge share of them last week. We always try to have a head of lettuce in the share and this week it’s our red leafed Samantha. Beets are another that shows up through the spring, summer and fall and these are the last of our first two plantings of the season. We have another planting that will be ready in a month or so, and more to seed soon. The purple peacock broccoli is continuing to slowly make heads and side shoots so we’ve got a bit of that in the share – remember to use all of it, including the leaves and stems. Basil, zucchini and cucumbers are the summer crops that are starting to come on strong. With a little luck we’ll have all three on regular rotation through August. We have two types of zucchini, the dark Mutabile and lighter Genovese. We also have two types of cucumbers (with a third coming soon). Shintokiwa is a long Japanese type and Marketmore is our standard slicer. Lemon cucs should be here in a week or two.

Not in the share, but at the farm stand are some beautiful bouquets from CSA member Sarah Fry. She’ll be bringing them to the farm stand when she has time. You can pay for them in cash there or put them on your account just like the farm’s vegetables.

In the field it’s non stop training of the tomatoes and cucumbers, that and hoeing and mowing and trying to make some time to seed in the greenhouse and plant in the field too. The past two weeks we’ve also had some great volunteer help cleaning up around the edges, weeding in the kids’ garden, edging the beds and taking out all of the blackberries around the perimeter. Good stuff and it’s making the farm look great!

Summer Share – Week 2

In today’s share: arugula, chard, carrots, hakurei turnips, purple peacock broccoli, primax cabbage, Genovese or Mutabile zucchini, Yukon gold potatoes, favas, pirat butter lettuce.

The arugula is lovely today and a bit spicy from the summer heat. Zucchini are starting to size up nicely, and the potatoes are actually very nicely sized up for being harvested a week earlier than planned.

If you’re a Thursday member remember to pick up your share on Wednesday this week – also, your share won’t have cabbage since cabbage also went out last Thursday.

In the field today we took down the last of the peas to make space for fall greens. The twine from those peas is going straight to tying up the peppers which are starting to get bigger. Lots of mowing today too, including mowing down some of the old beds of greens to make way for new plantings for the fall.

Summer Predictions – Week 2

It’s looking like week two is going to go pretty close to our projection from this winter. Broccoli,

cabbage, arugula, butter lettuce, favas, and carrots were all on that list and should be in the share next week. Broccoli and cabbage broccoli actually made an early appearance on Thursday. The broccoli we’re growing this year is one bred here in Oregon called purple peacock. The plants are very showy and it’s actually a cross between broccoli and two types of kale. We just had a sample for Thursday and we’re hoping for more. It makes very small heads and we’re included a bit of the leaves with it, which are also very tasty. Purple peacock is a new one for us so we’re still figuring it out and hoping it’ll be productive. Cabbage will only be for Monday this week, as Thursday already got the first heads of this mini variety. (Also, if you have a Thursday share remember that this coming week we’ll be harvesting on Wednesday to avoid the holiday)

Also likely in the share, and only off by a week or so in our plan from the winter, are collard greens, zucchini, hakurei turnips, and possibly the first of the potatoes. We’ll do a little exploring in the potatoes on Monday to see if they’re big enough yet, but based on a couple of accidental unearthings during hilling a couple of weeks ago I’m guessing there’ll be at least a few lunkers already.

Yesterday was a wet one on the farm but it looks like we’ll be back to sun again next week – a good thing as we need more warm, sunny weather to really get the summer crops going. While we’re just getting going on trellising all of the summer crops, we’re already starting to plant and prep for fall crops. We managed to get the fall cabbage planted after the showers yesterday by hand prepping the bed. It’s a never ending cycle of plant, cultivate, harvest this time of year.

Summer Share – Week 1

Green onions, Genovese basil, Dazzling Blue kale, Haurkei turnips, favas, snap peas, zucchini, mixed beets, and Brown Goldring lettuce.

Possibly the last of the peas today, but the first of the favas (see if you need suggestions on how to prepare them). Basil and zucchini are just samples. Confusingly we’re growing Genovese basil and Genovese zucchini. The Genovese zucchini is the light green one with a slightly nuttier flavor than the more usual darker green Mutabile.

The peas today even out the distributions of snap peas for Mondays and for Thursday’s share we’ll probably start either cabbage or broccoli depending on which is ready first so the share there will look a little different.

Both the turnip greens and the beet greens are looking good. I just ate beet greens and radish greens (from last week’s share) for dinner, chopped and cooked until soft in olive oil, then seasoned with salt and white vinegar – great stuff.

In the field this week we’re focusing on trellising and training the tomatoes and cucumbers but there’s lots of other work as well: renovating beds, planting more crops, and always lots of hoeing and irrigation.

Summer Predictions- Week 1

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! Next week our summer CSA shares start and here’s the projection I made way back in January for what would be in the share: arugula, beets, broccoli, cabbage, collards, fennel, lettuce, peas and turnips.

Fennel is definitely off the list, not sure what happened there, but somehow that planting never made it into the field. We are likely to have lettuce, peas and turnips. The turnips looked great this week and there are more where those came from. Our successions of lettuce are working nicely right now so expect a regular supply of those for a while, as well as extras at the farm stand. Peas are just about finished but we should have snap peas for at least Monday’s shares, and with some luck also for Thursday. Taking over in the pea slot, the favas look like they’re a little earlier this year than last year.

Beets are another likely candidate. I’m not sure why I put broccoli, collards and cabbage in the plan for one share. I don’t think the broccoli and cabbage will be ready for another week or two at least, but the broccoli variety we’re growing this year is actually a cross with kale and the leaves look great so we might harvest some of the leaves for bunches. We’ll definitely have some bunched green in the mix, and a new round of arugula is looking close to being ready.

We still have some green onions so expect the last of those in the share. Basil is looking good right now and summer squash is super close so we might have the first small squash of the season if we’re lucky. Carrots are another possibility, although with beets and turnips already in the share we might take a week off of those.

On Thursday we had a nice treat from CSA member Sarah Fry who used to be a flower farmer and now does it as a hobby in her yard. She delivered a handful of beautiful bouquets that some lucky members went home with. We’re considering offering these for sale at the farm stand so if you’re interested in purchasing Cully grown cut flower bouquets occasionally, let us know we should add them to the mix. We’re also growing some cut flowers in the PYO area, but nothing compared to what she brought yesterday.

In the field we’re still catching up on our initial trellising and making slow progress in keeping up with the weeds. This cooler, damp weather is causing more weeds to germinate, and it’s slowing down growth on some of our summer crops. On the other hand, it’s been really nice to work in and the greens are loving it too.

Spring Share – Week 6

This is the final week of spring. Next week summer starts and the days actually start to get shorter again. In today’s share we’ve got: Yellow Collards, Italian Flat Leaf parsley, Oregon Giant snow peas, Azure kohlrabi, Napoli carrots, hakurei turnips, Pink Beauty radishes, Sugar Snap peas, and Nevada lettuce.

If you haven’t had kohlrabi before it’s great raw or cooked, but I highly recommend peeling it, which unfortunately will eliminate the purple color but will make it much easier to chew. Tips on using all of the herbs and vegetables are always in abundance over at @cookwithwhatyouhave’s website so remember to take advantage of that perk of being a member of the farm.

In the field today we got more lettuce planted, and more trellising up. We still have a bit to go, but I’m hopeful that all of the climbing plants will be tied up and supported by the end of the week.

If you’re a summer CSA member remember to check your email for details on picking up. That should be in your inbox by Wednesday of this week.

Spring Share – Week 6 Predictions

Next week is the final week of spring. The week after we’ll transition to our summer shares.

For the final week of spring here’s what we’re looking at including in the share: pink beauty radishes, hakurei turnips, Nevada lettuce, parsley, peas, kale, carrots and kohlrabi are all possibilities. Summer squash and cucumbers will be here soon, but maybe not until summer.

I’ve been looking at the long term harvests, not just next week’s harvest. Many of the crops are looking great right now, potatoes and greens in particular, also the carrots and beets. I just reseeded parsnips to try to augment the thin germination/survival from the early seeding. Winter squash is also looking a little thin and we may try to reseed some of that, but it might be too late at this point. Our first crop of green beans may be a failure due to some pest (rabbits?).

We’re behind on trellising tomatoes, cucumbers and beans but those are all looking pretty good right now. Some of the lemon cucumbers didn’t make it but it’s still looking good for a good crop of slicers and we have a new Japanese variety in the hoop house I’m excited to try. We also did get quite a bit of the initial trellising done on Thursday – note the above photo of Laura pounding in posts in the tomatoes. With some luck we’ll be caught up on that by the end of next week.

Spring Share – Week 5

As predicted, a bunch of new items in todays share to go with the shift in the weather. The snow peas are pretty solidly producing now and the snap peas are just about to take off. We’ve got some nice chard bunches, Samantha lettuce, and the first pinches of basil. Beets make their first appearance, both red and just a few gold beets too. The tops on all of the beets are good for cooking, and are essentially more chard. Two medium sized heads of fennel are in the share today, and we left the tops on for folks who want to cook with them or put them in salads. Green onions round out the share, making it the most diverse yet this season.

In the field we’re continuing our regular plantings of lettuce, endless irrigations, and our never-ending cultivating of the beds and pathways to keep the weeds down and to make room for expanding crops. With a little luck we’ll have some time later this week to start building trellises for the summer crops.

The summer CSA season starts in two weeks. We still have one or two spots left so if you haven’t reserved one yet let us know you want one by filling out the online sign up form. If you have signed up, great! And, I’ll be sending out an email to all of the summer CSA members next week so look for that in your in-boxes soon.

Spring Share – Week 5 Predictions

We got a little bit of a late start this winter, and it turned out there were some late cold snaps so that kind of worked out nicely. It does mean we’re about a week behind with our harvest plan on some things – like peas. On the other hand, we’re a little ahead on others, like spinach. With Basil it looks like we might be right on. The photo above is our newest farm hand, Chanelle hoeing the basil in our hoop house. We’re going to see if we can get the first pinch of basil in the share next week – just a little taste as primary purpose of pinching back the plants will be to get them to fill out and produce more basil in the coming weeks.

We’ll definitely have lettuce next week, probably our red leaf “Samantha”, more green onions, and more peas! I don’t usually like putting beets and chard in the same share because the tops are so similar, but it looks like those two are both possibilities. The chard has been hit hard by slugs and leaf miner this spring, but I think we’ll have enough. If not, the collards will slip in there. Radishes are on the list for next week, but might take another week. The fennel has been sizing up very, very slowly but I think next week we’ll harvest it no matter the size. Kohlrabi is also on the possible list, but that might need another week, too.

On our field work list, we made some good progress on hoeing this week but there’s always more of that to do. Our tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to start getting tied up so we have lots of trellising to put in. Only two more weeks of spring and it’s starting to feel more and more like summer!