This Week’s Harvest
Sugar Baby Watermelon
Patty Pan Squash
Beets (Medley of Red, Chioggia, and Golden)
Yellow Wax Beans
This week we are assessing the damage after 4 inches of rain fell over the course of a week. It’s really not an absurd amount, but when you have poor draining soils, like we have, it can be pretty damaging. There are pockets of complete crop loss, especially in fields that we are managing for the first time. We have not been building the soil in these sections of the farm and they need our TLC! Fields we have been using our farming practices on over several years are doing much better with the adverse weather–the soil seems lighter and isn’t holding the water as much.
We also had some lodging, when plants fall over due to saturated soil. Tall and vigorous plants are especially susceptible as the roots no longer anchor the plants. One of our sweet corn plantings is basically flattened. This was a tough one to swallow because lodging only happens to vigorous, healthy plants and this sweet corn planting was looking amazing. Fortunately the planting right next to it is still standing so sweet corn should make it into the boxes again. We have lots of crops planted to help us get through these inevitable crop failures and hope to keep the boxes in the second half of the season as full as they were in the first half of the season!
Roasted Green Beans and Beets (use candy onion in place of shallot and wax beans in lace of green beans)