CSA Week 5

This Week’s HarvestIMG_2397

Cucumbers

Carrots

Basil

Red Leaf Lettuce

Zucchini

Garlic

Broccoli

Cauliflower (purple or white)

Lacinato Kale

Salad Mix

Kohlrabi (tops off)

Farm News

The last 2 weeks have been super wet and even with our new drainage tile we have been forced out of the fields more than we like this time of year! We did have to toss seedlings from the greenhouse for the first time this season. With only 6 beds available for us to plant we had to prioritize. We went with planting watermelons, a few cantaloupe and another round of cucumbers and summer squash.IMG_2417

We missed a salad mix planting and a huge round of cantaloupe. It is pretty much impossible to plant everything we start. Every year we toss flats and that is why our greenhouse remains full all summer with plenty of seedlings and more opportunities to plant. Salad mix round 4 will be ready to plant in a few weeks and we just seeded another 950 cantaloupes.

Once we got the week’s planting in we moved on to the next priority before the heavy rain–harvesting our garlic crop. Β It was ready with good size cloves and several layers of protective papery skins and the ground just dry enough to pull clean plants out. If they are caked in mud they won’t dry out nicely. Garlic sitting in 2 inches of rain when it is ready is the worst thing for the health of the crop in terms of potential rot and bug damage. Β We were so glad to have this chance to harvest and are so excited by the size of the bulbs! It’s a good crop!

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The tractor forks carry a sack that brings pulled garlic from the field to the barn for curing
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Awesome garlic this year!
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The garlic will dry out on these racks for a couple weeks and should be ready for long term storage and distribution throughout the CSA season!Β 

Recipes

Garlicky Broccoli Pasta (even better with olives!)

Kohlrabi and Carrot Salad with Peanut Dressing

Cucumber Basil Egg Salad

 

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