In this week’s box:
Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
Yukon gold or Nicola Potatoes (both potatoes are yellow-fleshed potatoes)
Red Leaf Lettuce
Green leaf lettuce
Summer Squash and Zucchini
French Filet Green Beans (beans don’t like really hot weather so they went dormant just as they were about to start producing and it has recently cooled off just enough for them to begin producing again…plus we’ve got another planting coming on so we should have more beans in the next couple of weeks)
No fruit share this week, but it will return next week!
Even though last Thursday was nice and hot and humid we still had a good number of families come out for a quick tour through the fields. We really enjoy sharing the farm with our CSA members and look forward to having people out to the farm again for an end of the season potluck at the end of September or beginning of October.
A couple weeks ago I wrote about how we are using a liquid shade product on the greenhouse to cool it down for the fall seedlings. Well it is working really well and we’ll be planting a good number of fall crops over the next two to three weeks. Additionally the liquid shade has helped me solve a minor mystery at the farm.
Last fall I saw one of our cats sitting comfortably on top of the greenhouse. At the time there was a ladder that had been left leaning up against the end-wall of the greenhouse providing a nearly irresistible climbing option for the cat. Anyway I shooed the cat from the greenhouse (sharp claws and a plastic structure don’t mix!), and figured that the problem was solved. Then this spring as we were getting the greenhouse going again for the year I found a bunch more claw holes in the plastic, but I didn’t know when they were made or how the cat was getting onto the greenhouse so I didn’t know how to keep him off of it.
Then when I was putting the liquid shade on I had the thought that I would get to see if the cats were still getting onto the greenhouse because now I would be able to see their footprints. For the first two weeks I didn’t see anything, but last night they must have had a hankering to get perched on top of the greenhouse. There were fresh cat prints that clearly indicate that the cat was scrambling straight up the side of the greenhouse making claw holes all the way up and down the other side.
At this point I’m not too worried about the plastic on the greenhouse because it is due to be replaced next spring, but when we get the new plastic we may have to take drastic measures…anybody need another cat???
Eggplant summer squash parmesan (noticed the summer squash is omitted from the step by step directions. bread and brown it along with the eggplant)
Cherry tomato, green bean and chickpea salad (use some scallions or a candy onion in place of the red onion)