CSA Week 5: Heating Up!

Half-share Group A

Hey all and happy July!

We are here and it is hot! Last week and today had us really sweating out in the field. Every year it really knocks us out for the first week or so until our bodies can get adjusted. It’s important to take it slower and allow for shade and water breaks – but we’re still moving!

Today was particularly rough as we manually hilled each of our 3 140 foot long potato beds with compost. We had hoped to get this done earlier on in the season when the weather wasn’t so hot and the plants weren’t so big but the heavy rains prevented us from that. And so, a task that can typically be done by a tractor in less than an hour took us about 3 hours to complete. It was a struggle but we are glad to finally have it ticked off our to-do list.

Other big tasks for us this week include pulling out a lot of our finished crops (flipping beds) to put in a second planting, continue trellising on our tomatoes, lots of transplanting (could be a little tough given the heat), and of course keeping up with the weeds.

We’re hopeful that this week’s share gets you all feeling inspired to bring something creative, tasty and nutritious to your holiday gathering to be shared and enjoyed! Here’s what to expect:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Snap Peas
  • Turnips
  • Yukina (Asian spinach type)
  • Kale
  • Salad Mix
  • Parsley/Dill
  • Scallions
  • Basil
  • Chard
  • Napa Cabbage

I also wanted to take a beat to say thank you so much to the overwhelmingly kind words of support and appreciation so far this season, it really means so much to us. I had such an awesome time getting to know you all more at distribution this week and am looking forward to my next shift!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday celebrating our country and too has some time reflect on what about this place that we live truly makes it somewhere to be proud of. I know (for me) these days it can be really tough, but with debates kicking off there’s a lot of space to think about what we hope for the future of this country and world really and who we believe can take us there. I know on the local level, I feel so proud to be part of a community that values our land, environment, and food. Thanks for being part of it!

❤ SAL

(217)840-0683 (Leslie)

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