In this week's share: broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce mix, onion, parsley, peaches or blackberries, potatoes, summer squash/zucchini and kale for the greens folks.
We are so close but yet so far to having tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatillos. And the dang deer keep getting in and taking bites off of the beans, chard, squash, and decimating the sweet potato leaves -- setting those plants back. Time to step up the fencing game. Electric fencing is next on the agenda.
On the upside, the cucumbers are doing great compared to last year! I am growing them in a screened hoophouse to protect them from the cucumber beetles that decimated them last year. I am growing two varieties, one of which is growing very long and skinny on the vertical trellis, looking more like an overgrown zucchini than a cucumber.
In this weeks share: basil, beans, beets, broccoli/cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, lettuce mix, onions, summer squash (for some), and kale/chard for the greens folks.
Happy Monday! I am so grateful for the break in the heat. It's the perfect day to be outside working - overcast and less than 80!
In this week's share: beans or peas, beets, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, garlic, lettuce mix, and swiss chard/kale for the greens folks.
The garlic is fresh picked and needs to be dried still - so leave it in a cool, dry place (or just use it quickly).
In this weeks share: broccoli/cauliflower or peas, carrots, cucumber, lettuce mix, onion, parsley, potatoes, zucchini/summer squash, and kale for the greens folks.
It is especially important to pat your greens dry today, as harvesting was a pretty soggy process this morning.
We are in a bit of transition period now with the veggies. Sugar snap peas are slowing down, and there are many veggies that are *so close* to being ready (broccoli, snap beans, cucumbers) but are not quite ready for prime time. Therefore, you are either getting sugar snap peas or cucumbers this week, as there were not enough of each for everyone. There will be a bit of that going on for the next few weeks. I do track who gets what each week, so you can be sure you will get everything eventually. I promise this will be the last week for turnips for a while!
In the share this week: beets, carrots, lettuce mix, sugar snap peas or cucumbers, baby onions, oregano, turnips, and chard for the greens folks.
Just a reminder that all the herbs can be dried and used later on (just like the herbs you have in your spice cabinet). You can find herb drying instructions here.
Happy 4th of July!
In your share this week: basil, baby beets, baby carrots, cherries, lettuce mix, baby onions, sugar snap peas, salad turnips, and a chard/kale mix for greens folks.
In your share this week: baby carrots, lettuce mix, sugar snap peas, strawberries, radish/salad turnip bunch, baby onions, lemon balm, kale, and spinach for the greens folks.
Here we go!
Hopefully the lack of quantity this week will in some part be made up by the inclusion of strawberries! It's my first year having enough strawberries to share, and I hope you are as excited as I am.
Since I don't use pesticides, please keep in mind that you may run across some leaves with some nibbles taken out of them -- and in some cases one of the nibblers may have hitched a ride. I do my best to provide you with undamaged produce, but in some cases it is simply unavoidable.
Please be sure to wash all your food before eating, and even if I have not provided a plastic bag, most of the items will benefit from being placed in a produce bag in the fridge. Also, to prolong the life of the greens, please dry them off a bit when you get home - setting up a drying station is on my to-do list, but it's rather far down the list right now.
In your share this week: lettuce mix, spinach, radish, strawberries, garlic scapes, mint, and kale for the greens folks.
Visit the website if you have trouble identifying anything, and for some ideas on how to use or preserve the veggies.
It's the last week!
All of the shares were delivered yesterday, and because I was running behind, I didn't get the email out before hand...and I confess I may have had a drink (or two) when I got home, so I didn't get it done last night either.
I want to thank everyone for participating this year, I hope you found it worthwhile. I'll be sending out a survey in a few weeks to get some feedback so I can continue to improve.
In this week's share: kale (you knew you had to get it at some point!), lettuce & spinach mix, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (some green), cherry tomatoes, a few sweet peppers, and squash of some kind (delicata, buttercup, acorn, or spaghetti). And chard for the greens folks.
The green tomatoes might ripen up if you leave them on your counter with a light cover over them. Or, you can just look up a good green tomato recipe and use them up right away.
One more week of shares folks! It is definitely feeling like fall is here.
As the growing season is winding down, there are fewer items, but hopefully the quantity is good for you. There are fewer winter squash than I had hoped for. As not only did the squash bugs to take a toll, but I learned this year that deer love to eat green butternut squash. Who knew? So although you will be getting squash for the final shares, I don't have the quantity or variety I had hoped for.
In this weeks share: cabbage, lettuce mix, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (still!) and pie pumpkins.
These pumpkins make the best pie! And pumpkin bread! And pumpkin cookies! I'll put up my favorite pie recipe later today on the website (it can be hard to find a pumpkin pie recipe that uses fresh pumpkin). These should keep in a cool, dry location for several months, so you can save it to make a Thanksgiving pie. Or, cook the pumpkin, divvy it up into smaller amounts (the quantities you need for baking your favorite things) and freeze.