CSA week 8

This Week’s Box

Tomatoes
Sungold Cherry and Juliet Saladette tomatoes
Dragon Tongue Beans
Green Beans
Flat Leaf Parsley
Sweet Onions
Cabbage
Bell Peppers
Cucumbers
Summer Squash and Zucchini

Farm Notes

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As I was harvesting the CSA beans in the pouring rain, ankle deep in mud and water, I couldn’t help but chuckle about how absurd last week’s blog post now seems. I wrote about the need to irrigate and the desire for more rain. One week later I am going to write about how we got the most rain at once so far this season and how it now needs to not rain! Given how wet the spring/ early summer was, it is hard to believe that we never got more then an inch of rain at a time. But on Saturday we got just about 2 inches. We took pictures of the aftermath: puddles in the pathways, blown over sweet corn and flowers, and hundreds of feet of row cover blown off the precious winter squash planting.

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It seems that most crops will make out just fine, but the big setback this week is not being able to plant our massive fall brassica planting ( cabbage, broccoli, Asian greens, cauliflower, kohlrabi, etc). Last year the seeding of the brassicas kept getting pushed back so we were really committed to starting the seeds in a timely manor this year. And we did! We were gearing up for a big planting day this week to get the beautiful seedlings in the ground, but in the greenhouse they will remain.

20130723-165459.jpg As soon as we get a chance, we’ll be all hands on deck to get the seedlings planted and covered with row cover. Not being able to plant when we want to is usually a spring issue, not a July issue! But not to worry, we will get our chance to plant. And in the meantime I am going to enjoy the break from watering (that I wished for after all!) as well as the cooler temperatures!!

This Week’s Recipes

Tabouli (can substitute sweet onions for the scallions)

Corned beef melts with sweet and sour onions and wilted cabbage

Braised Summer Vegetables (use parsley in place of oregano)

Summer squash enchiladas

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