Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Share Items: July 18 & 21

Veggie Share:
Zucchini (green, yellow)
Cucumbers, white and/or green
1 head cabbage
1 bu bunching onions
1 head radicchio
2 pieces dill (some have more flower than leaf – you can use the flower the same way, or use it for pickling)
3 ears sweet corn
1 bu beets

Fruit share:
Wednesday: 3 lb peaches, 2 pints organic blueberries;
Saturday: 1 Qt Sugar Plums and 2 lb peaches and 1 pint organic blueberries

Flower share: sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons, sparkler flower (cleome), agyranthemum, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Farm News: We were able to get out to a couple of recent farm visits in our area this week and last, and it seems that all the farmers are facing a lot of the same issues – incredible weed pressure this year, with all the warm weather, aphids, and some fungus. The good news is, we are picking our first sweet corn, tomatoes are starting in a trickle and we should have enough quantity for you to see them in your share soon. A few people have emailed with questions about the “blonde” cucumbers, which are supposed to be that whitish/yellow color (i.e. not green), and other unusual varieties. We grow a lot of heirloom and different varieties, just for the diversity. It has been a little difficult to get out into the field often enough to pick the fast-growing zucchini and cucumbers small enough – ideally we’d pick them every day, but we just don’t have time for that, with trying to balance planting for fall crops, weeding current crops, and watering in the middle of this heat wave!

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