Week 5

Freshly trellised tomatoes always look so neat and tidy (for a short while, at least!).

Freshly trellised tomatoes always look so neat and tidy (for a short while, at least!).

Hi all, Alli here.

We’re just a few days away from July, and things here have been….well, wet!  Lately, we’ve been planning our farm tasks around these rainy conditions.  It’s been nice for direct seeding, as we’re able to get seeds in the ground without any worries about needing to keep the ground moist for their germination.  However, the weeds grow so quickly at this time of year, and they seem quite happy with the rain!  Our main method of weed control is hoeing, and it is a constant farm task that works much better on hotter, drier days (so that the weeds and their roots will shrivel up, instead of re-rooting).  So every sunny day recently means we are out hoeing everything we can find!  On the wetter days, we’re out in the fields with buckets, pulling out the weeds that grew just a bit too much.

The papery leaves of the leeks stretching for the sun.

The papery leaves of the just-weeded leeks stretching for the sun.

We’ve been lucky this week to have a bit of help from Alison’s mom and sister, who came to visit from Texas!  They both spent some time at the farm last year, too, so they were pros at helping us prep for market and pull out old broccoli raab plants.  And a couple weeks ago, I recruited my boyfriend for a few hours of work to help put in a whole section of our tomato stakes.  It is amazing what a difference more sets of hands can make, and Alison and I could not be more grateful to have such wonderful ‘volunteers.’

A wall of sugar snap peas, finally nearing the time for their harvest.

A wall of sugar snap peas, finally nearing the time for their harvest.

We have been seeing a lot of growth in our peas, summer squash, and cucumbers, and it is my hope that you will start seeing these items show up in your shares either this week or next.  But here are some of the things we definitely expect to give out this week:

 

Kale
Chard
Lettuce Mix
Arugula
Hakurei Turnips
Braising Mix
Beets
Summer Savory

Summer Savory is an herb that we added this year.  Read more about it and get some recipe ideas here:

http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/foodshed-2/producers/farms-foodshed/summer-savory-is-the-skinny-herb-nobody-knows-but-all-cooks-should-grow/

http://www.thekitchn.com/flavors-from-the-herb-garden-s-116565

The following recipe using chard stems caught our eyes (and that of some of our members–thanks for looking out!):

http://food52.com/blog/13337-a-genius-trick-for-lighter-smoother-hummus

Hakurei Turnips

Hakurei Turnips

And, from my favorite food blog, check out this easy, delicious recipe for one of my favorite early-season veggies:

http://dishingupthedirt.com/recipes/snack/miso-glazed-turnips/

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Can you spot the baby beans?!

A cabbage seedling, almost all grown up and ready to go into the ground soon for a fall harvest.

A cabbage seedling, almost all grown up and ready to go into the ground soon for a fall harvest.

The winter squash is getting huge (I even saw a few small fruits on there already!)....Good thing the garlic harvest will be here before we know it!

The winter squash is getting huge (I even saw a few small fruits on there already!)….Good thing the garlic harvest will be here before we know it!  

Have a great week, and a happy 4th of July! 🙂
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